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[ej-oo-kuh-buh l]
  1. capable of being educated.
  2. of or relating to mildly retarded individuals who may achieve self-sufficiency.
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Also ed·u·cat·a·ble [ej-oo-key-tuh-buh l] /ˈɛdʒ ʊˌkeɪ tə bəl/.

Origin of educable

First recorded in 1835–45; educ(ate) + -able
Related formsed·u·ca·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ed·u·ca·ble, adjectiveun·ed·u·ca·bil·i·ty, nounun·ed·u·ca·ble, adjective
Can be confusededucable educible
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Examples from the Web for educability

Historical Examples

  • This illustration may be applied to the entire range of the educability of any individual.

    Democracy and Education

    John Dewey

  • The child exhibits less rapid variations, intellectual and emotional, while its educability is greater.

  • Upon the facts as now established the knowledge of numbers seems to be the basis of any educability in animals.


    Henny Kindermann

  • The brains are large, and the intelligence and educability extraordinarily high.

  • This educability of the young has rarely if ever been questioned in actual practice.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine

    John Frederick Herbart

British Dictionary definitions for educability


educatable (ˈɛdjʊˌkeɪtəbəl)

  1. capable of being trained or educated; able to learn
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Derived Formseducability or educatability, noun
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Word Origin and History for educability



1842 (implied in educability); see educate + -able.

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