[pey-puh-buh l]


suitable or likely to become pope.

Nearby words

  1. pap,
  2. pap smear,
  3. pap technique,
  4. pap test,
  5. papa,
  6. papacy,
  7. papadopoulos,
  8. papadopoulos, george,
  9. papagayo,
  10. papago

Origin of papable

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

Related formspa·pa·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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