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
For once, QAnon has allowed me to understand how the Secret History could have had a palpable hold and convincing power over Byzantine subjects – beyond mere satire but grounded in actionable political efficacy.What the QAnon of the 6th Century Teaches Us About Conspiracies | Roland Betancourt | February 3, 2021 | Time
The police visible in the videos fought tenaciously, and the resulting sense of betrayal in the crowd is palpable.Inside the Capitol Riot: What the Parler Videos Reveal | by Alec MacGillis | January 17, 2021 | ProPublica
Her passion for what we’re creating is palpable, and I couldn’t imagine a more aligned partnership.Exclusive: Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, makes her debut as a startup investor | ehinchliffe | December 14, 2020 | Fortune
Democrats also criticized the GOP for muscling through a nominee so close to the election when millions of Americans are voting, with the rancor over Republicans blocking President Barack Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland in 2016 still palpable.Republicans set Barrett on swift course to confirmation to the Supreme Court | Seung Min Kim, Karoun Demirjian | October 15, 2020 | Washington Post
Tallinn feels palpably Scandinavian with its polished old-town brick, seaside positioning and glut of cool cafes.
Now it is a party palpably angry with President Obama and looking for a leader who can give voice to that anger.
And the siege is now growing palpably tighter, with what deluded Western journalists like to call the Arab Spring.
It's a punch to the gut for Barb, and her pain is palpably felt here, and the line at the end—"Your 15 minutes are up."
But there is something palpably different about the case of Jared Loughner.
The Swiss are freemen, and wear the fact unconsciously but palpably on their brows and beaming from their eyes.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
In Ireland they have palpably and greatly benefited every class but the stockholders, and these they have well nigh ruined.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
The troops invading France were palpably no more than the advanced guards of Prussia and Austria.
He could not understand it; and the incident, with the slips of paper, was bringing his brother all too palpably before him.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Balanced sentences are palpably artificial, and should be used but sparingly.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
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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