[ej-oo-kuh-buh l]


capable of being educated.
of or relating to mildly retarded individuals who may achieve self-sufficiency.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for educable

docile, teachable, trainable, instructible

Examples from the Web for educable

Historical Examples of educable

  • 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


  • 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


educatable (ˈɛdjʊˌkeɪtəbəl)


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper