[kal-kyuh-luh-buh l]


determinable by calculation; ascertainable: This map was designed so that distances by road are easily calculable.
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. 2019

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



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