[kal-kyuh-luh-buh l]
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  1. determinable by calculation; ascertainable: This map was designed so that distances by road are easily calculable.
  2. that can be counted on; reliable.

Origin of calculable

First recorded in 1725–35; calcul(ate) + -able
Related formscal·cu·la·bil·i·ty, nouncal·cu·la·bly, adverbnon·cal·cu·la·ble, adjectivenon·cal·cu·la·bly, adverbpre·cal·cu·la·ble, adjectiveun·cal·cu·la·ble, adjectiveun·cal·cu·la·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for calculable

Historical Examples of calculable

  • People in motion are not as reliable and as calculable as brass.

  • The sickness or soundness of a consumptive may be a clear and calculable matter.

    Eugenics and Other Evils

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Brookenham just traceably took this in, but to what profit was not calculable.

    The Awkward Age

    Henry James

  • No human employment is more free and calculable than the winning of language.

    The Teacher

    George Herbert Palmer

  • Of course the calculable quality of the weather helps in this possibility.

    The Native Son

    Inez Haynes Irwin

British Dictionary definitions for calculable


  1. that may be computed or estimated
  2. predictable; dependable
Derived Formscalculability, nouncalculably, adverb
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