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ponderable

[pon-der-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being considered carefully or deeply.
  2. capable of being weighed; having appreciable weight.
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Origin of ponderable

From the Late Latin word ponderābilis, dating back to 1640–50. See ponder, -able
Related formspon·der·a·bil·i·ty, pon·der·a·ble·ness, nounnon·pon·der·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pon·der·a·ble, adjectiveun·pon·der·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ponderable

Historical Examples

  • The sources of this vibration are the ponderable masses of the universe.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

    John Tyndall

  • The wind pours over us, an icy and ponderable flood, and is increasing.

    Old Junk

    H. M. Tomlinson

  • The sources of vibration are the ponderable masses of the universe.

  • According to this view, some force keeps it there, yet it is not ponderable.

  • There are forces outside military power more visible and ponderable than these.


British Dictionary definitions for ponderable

ponderable

adjective
  1. able to be evaluated or estimated; appreciable
  2. capable of being weighed or measured
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noun
  1. (often plural) something that can be evaluated or appreciated; a substantial thing
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Derived Formsponderability, nounponderably, adverb
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