[sep-er-uh-buh l, sep-ruh-]
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  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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for separable

divisible, removable, detachable, dissociable, severable

Examples from the Web for separable

Historical Examples of separable

  • These are separable in thought, but united in any act of sensation, reflection, or volition.

  • These spirits are separable from the material form with which they are clad.

    The Science of Fairy Tales

    Edwin Sidney Hartland

  • Two stars so close together as to be separable only with a telescope.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • It is distinguishable, but not separable, from the spiritual order.

  • However, it is not well to dwell too much on the separable verbs.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for separable


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

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

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