[jen-er-uh-buh l]


capable of being generated or produced.

Nearby words

  1. genealogist,
  2. genealogy,
  3. genearch,
  4. genecology,
  5. genera,
  6. general,
  7. general accounting office,
  8. general admission,
  9. general agreement on tariffs and trade,
  10. general american

Origin of generable

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin generābil(is) creative, productive, equivalent to gener(āre) to beget, produce (see gender2) + -ābilis -able

Related formsgen·er·a·bil·i·ty, gen·er·a·ble·ness, nounun·gen·er·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for generable

  • The generable cosmos, therefore, was generated from the ingenerable Fire.

    Simon Magus|George Robert Stow Mead
  • Those things which are destructible, are all of them generable and changeable (γεννητὰ καὶ ἀλλοιωτὰ πάντα).

    Aristotle|George Grote
  • It is also ungenerable; for, if generable, there will be a possibility that at some time or other it did not exist.

    Aristotle|George Grote
  • The world moreover was generable, and had been generated from the manifested energy of the Fire.

    Simon Magus|George Robert Stow Mead

British Dictionary definitions for generable



able to be generated

Word Origin for generable

C15: from Late Latin generābilis, from Latin generāre to beget

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Word Origin and History for generable



mid-15c., from Latin generabilis, from generare (see generation).

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