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[trey-suh-buh l] /ˈtreɪ sə bəl/
capable of being traced.
attributable or ascribable (usually followed by to):
a victory traceable to good coaching.
Origin of traceable
First recorded in 1740-50; trace1 + -able
Related forms
traceability, traceableness, noun
traceably, adverb
nontraceability, noun
nontraceable, adjective
nontraceableness, noun
nontraceably, adverb
untraceable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The "garrow" might denote an untraceable St. Garrow or Carrow.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • Their little houses were lost and untraceable in the universal chaos.

    Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 1 Francis Marion Crawford
  • What if he promised to give him a share of the spoil in untraceable gold?

    '19,000' Burford Delannoy
  • There is every reason for believing the untraceable Matthews was John Rogers.

    Milton's England Lucia Ames Mead
  • He cherished the hope that Zeal had been at pains to procure an untraceable drug.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • He felt that most of it was entirely true—and, in some untraceable manner, absurd.

  • But results so untraceable cannot be proved to exist at all.

    Practical Essays Alexander Bain
  • There was nothing in it but the untraceable silver and gold.


    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • The fortunes of Patrimondi continued to leap forward by untraceable impulses.

Word Origin and History for untraceable



1748, from trace (v.) + -able. Related: Traceability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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