[mezh-er-uh-buh l]


capable of being measured.

Origin of measurable

1300–50; Middle English mesurable < Middle French < Late Latin mēnsūrābilis that can be measured. See measure, -able
Related formsmeas·ur·a·bil·i·ty, meas·ur·a·ble·ness, nounmeas·ur·a·bly, adverbin·ter·meas·ur·a·ble, adjectivenon·meas·ur·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·meas·ur·a·ble, adjectivenon·meas·ur·a·ble·ness, nounnon·meas·ur·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of measurable

Historical Examples of measurable

  • They bring the love with them—not much or little, not measurable, but perfect love.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • In Coburn remains a measurable deposit of Quaker Hill population.

    Quaker Hill

    Warren H. Wilson

  • It brings him within a measurable distance of a clear conscience.

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan

  • The ways of Providence are not measurable by our foot rules.

  • There is no measurable scale for the force of the Seistan winds.

    The Gates of India

    Thomas Holdich

British Dictionary definitions for measurable



able to be measured; perceptible or significant
Derived Formsmeasurability or measurableness, nounmeasurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for measurable

c.1300, "moderate," from Old French mesurable "restrained, moderate, sensible; restricted," from Late Latin mensurabilis, from mensurare (see measure (v.)). Meaning "that can be measured" is from mid-14c. Related: Measurably.

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