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[tee-chuh-buh l] /ˈti tʃə bəl/
capable of being instructed, as a person; docile.
capable of being taught, as a subject.
Origin of teachable
First recorded in 1475-85; teach + -able
Related forms
teachability, teachableness, noun
teachably, adverb
nonteachability, noun
nonteachable, adjective
nonteachableness, noun
nonteachably, adverb
unteachable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unteachable
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  • But because the romantic will was unteachable, all will was declared to be foolish.

    Egotism in German Philosophy

    George Santayana
  • He is forced to conclude that the ignorant savages are unteachable.

    The Unlearned Raymond F. Jones
  • But they fail to realize that certain things are unteachable and intransmissible.

    Child Versus Parent Stephen Wise
  • And are we quite content to say that the greatest of subjects is unteachable?

    The Teacher George Herbert Palmer
  • Magic, the exercise of an unteachable will, is still Faust's instrument.

    Three Philosophical Poets George Santayana
  • The old fellow vowed, however, that they were unteachable; that he would as soon expect to teach young moles.

    "George Washington's" Last Duel Thomas Nelson Page
  • Such knowledge came to him by a kind of intuition, by the voices of the air, by indefinable and unteachable processes.

    The Reverberator Henry James
  • He answered that I was as yet unteachable, being puffed up with the novelty of that heresy.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX. Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • Pericles wiped his forehead, when, impenitent and unteachable, she took the notes in the manner of a cock.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • Its mission is to teach the unteachable; to enable us to comprehend the incomprehensible.

    A Few Words About the Devil Charles Bradlaugh
Word Origin and History for unteachable



late 15c., from teach (v.) + -able. Teachable moment attested from 1917, not common until after c.1960.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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