[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. sep.,
  2. sepa,
  3. sepal,
  4. sepaline,
  5. sepaloid,
  6. separate,
  7. separate but equal,
  8. separate school,
  9. separate the men from the boys,
  10. separate the sheep from the goats

Origin of separable

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

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for separable


/ (ˈsɛpərəbəl, ˈsɛprəbəl) /


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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