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educable

[ej-oo-kuh-buh l]
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adjective
  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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Related Words

docileteachabletrainableinstructible

Examples from the Web for educable

Historical Examples

  • The human being is the most adaptable—that is to say, educable—of all living creatures.

    Woman and Womanhood

    C. W. Saleeby

  • I am convinced from experience that it is both normal and educable though not usually active in the large majority of people.

    Second Sight

    Sepharial

  • As to structure, human nature is undoubtedly the most plastic part of the living world, the most adaptable, the most educable.

  • Animals are educable in different degrees; but where they are educable they begin to profit by experience from the first.

  • In 1869 it was estimated that there were in the State 34,000 Negro children of educable age.


British Dictionary definitions for educable

educable

educatable (ˈɛdjʊˌkeɪtəbəl)

adjective
  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 educable

adj.

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

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