[ sep-er-uh-buh l, sep-ruh- ]
/ ˈsɛp ər ə bəl, ˈsɛp rə- /


capable of being separated, parted, or dissociated.
  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.

Origin of separable

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin sēparābilis, equivalent to sēparā(re) to separate + -bilis -ble
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British Dictionary definitions for separability


/ (ˈsɛpərəbəl, ˈsɛprəbəl) /


able to be separated, divided, or parted
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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