papable

[ pey-puh-buhl ]
/ ˈpeɪ pə bəl /

adjective

suitable or likely to become pope.

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Origin of papable

1585–95; <Middle French <Italian papabile, equivalent to papapope + -bile-ble

OTHER WORDS FROM papable

pa·pa·bil·i·ty, noun

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Example sentences from the Web for papable

  • It's a sweltering hot day in London today, a real British heat wave with no a/c, and the Jubilee enthusiasm is papable.

    London Heating Up|Tom Sykes|May 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • These wants, papable as they are in times of peace, become doubly pressing in time of war.

  • The threat was too papable to be mistaken, nor was he sufficiently conversant with the world of policy to detect its fallacy.

    Roland Cashel|Charles James Lever