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[ef-uh-buh l]
  1. utterable; expressible.
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Origin of effable

1630–40; < French < Latin effābilis, equivalent to eff(ārī) to speak out (ef- ef- + fārī to speak) + -ābilis -able
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Historical Examples

  • We have architects and no tects; there are things which are ineffable and none which are effable.

    Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary


British Dictionary definitions for effable


  1. archaic capable of being expressed in words
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Word Origin

C17: from Old French, from Late Latin effābilis, from Latin effārī, from ex- out + fārī to speak
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Word Origin and History for effable


1630s, from French effable, from Latin effabilis, from effari "to utter" (see ineffable). Now obsolete or archaic.

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