readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident: a palpable lie; palpable absurdity.
capable of being touched or felt; tangible.
Medicine/Medical. perceptible by palpation.
- 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
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How to use palpable in a sentence
The joy of togetherness was the thing that was most missed by our students over the past months, and when the signal arrived that the vaccine was working, the yearning to gather once again was palpable.
In our rise-and-grind era, her palpable ambition has come to read as an admirable commitment to the hustle.The Jennifer Lopez-Ben Affleck recoupling is the greatest gossip story we’ve had in years | Constance Grady | August 24, 2021 | Vox
The path the city has taken on public safety over the past two decades has been something palpable in her life, shaping it at every turn — and shattering it during the pandemic.What Philadelphia Reveals About America’s Homicide Surge | by Alec MacGillis, photography by Hannah Price/Magnum Photos, special to ProPublica | July 30, 2021 | ProPublica
The frustration and outrage I and everyone else feels are palpable.Opinion | Blame Mayor Bowser for violence epidemic? | Peter Rosenstein | July 28, 2021 | Washington Blade
That’s not to say people won’t be attending Cannes, but the excitement is more palpable for in-person business meetings, according to agency execs and industry observers.
No matter what Hitchcock said, what he did was to photograph our fears and make palpable the invisible.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The fear was palpable, yet it was no longer the citizens but the regime that was afraid.
These are palpable, identifiable matters that are ingrained into the very fabric of The Babadook.‘The Babadook’ Is the Best (and Most Sincere) Horror Movie of the Year | Samuel Fragoso | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His sadness over her descent into shooting up after managing to stay clean for a period is palpable.
But three hours from the construction site, the war between oil and conservation is palpable.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo | Nina Strochlic | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Such action is a palpable fraud which the law recognizes and for which the guilty ones must answer.
This would be a palpable fraud and a court would, if requested, order the reconveyance of the land and return of the money.
Many stories are told of insuring ships after learning of their loss; such conduct is a palpable fraud.
The enjoyment of it by them is a palpable evidence that obligation rests upon them.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
With all these palpable facts in view, let us enquire into the origin of the book which has produced such results.Gospel Philosophy | J. H. Ward
British Dictionary definitions for palpable
(usually prenominal) easily perceived by the senses or the mind; obvious: the excuse was a palpable lie
capable of being touched; tangible
med capable of being discerned by the sense of touch: a palpable tumour
- palpability or palpableness, noun
- palpably, adverb
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