[ pey-puh-buh l ]
/ ˈpeɪ pə bəl /


suitable or likely to become pope.

Origin of papable

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

Related forms

pa·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