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[noo-mer-uh-buh l, nyoo-]
  1. capable of being counted, totaled, or numbered.
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Origin of numerable

1560–70; < Latin numerābilis that can be counted, equivalent to numer(āre) to number + -ābilis -able
Related formsnu·mer·a·ble·ness, nounnu·mer·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for numerable

Historical Examples

  • By this he did not mean simply that all things were numerable, or that number belonged to them as a predicate.

    Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume I (of 4)

    George Grote

  • On the decayed tree-trunks, too, there are little white columns in numerable, with black heads as though they had been burnt.

    Little Johannes

    Frederik van Eeden

  • Jack says in a letter that his beard "was not composed of hair, but hairs as straight and numerable as those in a cat's whiskers."

  • There were also commissions to purchase in numerable things, ranging from meerschaum pipes to fine flannel shirts.

  • All things are not coloured, or ponderable, or even extended; but all things are numerable.

British Dictionary definitions for numerable


  1. able to be numbered or counted
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Derived Formsnumerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for numerable


1570s, from Latin numerabilis "that can be counted or numbered," from numerare "to count, number," from numerus "a number" (see number (n.)). Related: Numerably.

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