[skroo-tuh-buh l]


capable of being understood by careful study or investigation.

Origin of scrutable

1590–1600; < Latin scrūt(ārī) (see scrutiny) + -able
Related formsscru·ta·bil·i·ty, nounun·scru·ta·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for scrutable



rare open to or able to be understood by scrutiny
Derived Formsscrutability, noun

Word Origin for scrutable

C17: from Latin scrūtārī to inspect closely; see scrutiny
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Word Origin and History for scrutable

c.1600, probably a back-formation from inscrutable.

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