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papable

[ pey-puh-buhl ]

adjective

  1. suitable or likely to become pope.


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Other Words From

  • papa·bili·ty noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of papable1

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

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Example Sentences

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

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.

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