[ek-spli-kuh-buh l, ik-splik-uh-buh l]
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Origin of explicable

1550–60; < Latin explicābilis, equivalent to explicā(re) to explicate + -bilis -ble
Related formsnon·ex·pli·ca·ble, adjective
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Related Words for explicable

intelligible, solvable, understandable

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  1. capable of being explained
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Word Origin and History for explicable

1550s, from or on model of Latin explicabilis "capable of being unraveled, that may be explained," from explicare (see explicit). Middle English had a verb expliken "explain, interpret" (mid-15c.).

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