[ pal-puh-buhl ]
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  1. readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident: a palpable lie; palpable absurdity.

  2. capable of being touched or felt; tangible.

  1. Medicine/Medical. perceptible by palpation.

Origin of palpable

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Late Latin palpābilis “touchable,” from palpā(re) “to stroke, touch” (see palpate1 ) + -bilis -ble

Other words for palpable

Opposites for palpable

Other words from palpable

  • pal·pa·bil·i·ty, pal·pa·ble·ness, noun
  • pal·pa·bly, adverb
  • non·pal·pa·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·pal·pa·ble, adjective
  • non·pal·pa·bly, adverb
  • un·pal·pa·ble, adjective
  • un·pal·pa·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use palpable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for palpable


/ (ˈpælpəbəl) /

  1. (usually prenominal) easily perceived by the senses or the mind; obvious: the excuse was a palpable lie

  2. capable of being touched; tangible

  1. med capable of being discerned by the sense of touch: a palpable tumour

Origin of palpable

C14: from Late Latin palpābilis that may be touched, from Latin palpāre to stroke, touch

Derived forms of palpable

  • palpability or palpableness, noun
  • palpably, adverb

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