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papable

[pey-puh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. suitable or likely to become pope.
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Origin of papable

1585–95; < Middle French < Italian papabile, equivalent to papa pope + -bile -ble
Related formspa·pa·bil·i·ty, noun
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  • 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

  • These wants, papable as they are in times of peace, become doubly pressing in time of war.