[ uh-poh-zuh-buh l ]
/ əˈpoʊ zə bəl /


capable of being placed opposite to something else: the opposable thumb of primates.
capable of being resisted, fought, or opposed.

Origin of opposable

First recorded in 1660–70; oppose + -able

Related forms

op·pos·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·op·pos·a·ble, adjectiveun·op·pos·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for opposable


/ (əˈpəʊzəbəl) /


capable of being opposed
Also: apposable (of the thumb of primates, esp man) capable of being moved into a position facing the other digits so as to be able to touch the ends of each
capable of being placed opposite something else

Derived Forms

opposably, adverbopposability, noun
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