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[sep-er-uh-buh l, sep-ruh-]
  1. capable of being separated, parted, or dissociated.
  2. Mathematics.
    1. containing a countable dense subset.
    2. (of a differential equation) capable of being written so that coefficients of the differentials of the independent and dependent variables are, respectively, functions of these variables alone.Compare separation of variables.
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Origin of separable

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin sēparābilis, equivalent to sēparā(re) to separate + -bilis -ble
Related formssep·a·ra·bil·i·ty, sep·a·ra·ble·ness, nounsep·a·ra·bly, adverbnon·sep·a·ra·bil·i·ty, nounnon·sep·a·ra·ble, adjectivenon·sep·a·ra·ble·ness, nounnon·sep·a·ra·bly, adverbun·sep·a·ra·ble, adjectiveun·sep·a·ra·ble·ness, nounun·sep·a·ra·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for separability

Historical Examples

  • The fact of its separability from the body, he says, is no proof of its being an accident.

    A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy

    Isaac Husik

  • He cannot have personality of his own, as God has no "separability."

  • For it is not the separability of an accident from its substance that makes it an accident, but its destruction, when separated.

  • Eyra says some at least of the Australians believe in the existence and separability of the soul.

  • He has demonstrated the separability of the soul by leaving and returning to his body at will.

British Dictionary definitions for separability


  1. able to be separated, divided, or parted
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Derived Formsseparability or separableness, nounseparably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for separability



late 14c., from Latin separabilis, from separare (see separate (v.)). Related: Separability.

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