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opposable

[ uh-poh-zuh-buhl ]
/ əˈpoʊ zə bəl /
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adjective
capable of being placed opposite to something else: the opposable thumb of primates.
capable of being resisted, fought, or opposed.
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Origin of opposable

First recorded in 1660–70; oppose + -able

OTHER WORDS FROM opposable

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

opposable
/ (əˈpəʊzəbəl) /

adjective
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 of opposable

opposably, adverbopposability, noun
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