Word Origin capable of being dissolved or liquefied: a soluble powder. capable of being solved or explained: a soluble problem. Origin of soluble 1350–1400; Middle English
Late Latin solūbilis,
variant stem of
to loosen, dissolve +
-bilis -ble Related forms sol·u·ble·ness, noun sol·u·bly, adverb in·ter·sol·u·ble, adjective non·sol·u·ble, adjective non·sol·u·ble·ness, noun non·sol·u·bly, adverb un·sol·u·ble, adjective un·sol·u·ble·ness, noun un·sol·u·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for nonsoluble (of a substance) capable of being dissolved, esp easily dissolved in some solvent, usually water capable of being solved or answered Derived Forms solubleness, noun solubly, adverb Word Origin for soluble
C14: from Late Latin
solūbilis, from Latin solvere to dissolve
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Word Origin and History for nonsoluble adj.
late 14c., "capable of being dissolved," from Old French
soluble "expungable, eradicable" (13c.), from Late Latin solubilis "that may be loosened or dissolved," from stem of Latin solvere "loosen, dissolve" (see solve). Meaning "capable of being solved" is attested from 1705. Substances are soluble, not solvable; problems can be either.
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Capable of being dissolved, especially easily dissolved.
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Capable of being dissolved. Salt, for example, is soluble in water.
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