solvable

[ sol-vuh-buh l ]
/ ˈsɒl və bəl /

adjective

capable of being solved, as a problem.
Mathematics. (of a group) having a normal series of subgroups in which successive quotient groups are Abelian.
Archaic. soluble(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. solution of contiguity,
  2. solution of continuity,
  3. solution set,
  4. solutizer,
  5. solutrean,
  6. solvate,
  7. solvation,
  8. solvay,
  9. solvay process,
  10. solvay, ernest

Origin of solvable

First recorded in 1640–50; solve + -able

Related forms
Can be confusedinsoluble insolvable unsolvablesolvable soluble

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British Dictionary definitions for solvability

solvable

/ (ˈsɒlvəbəl) /

adjective

another word for soluble (def. 1)
Derived Formssolvability or solvableness, noun

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Word Origin and History for solvability

solvable

adj.

1640s, from solve + -able.

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