[tee-chuh-buh l]


capable of being instructed, as a person; docile.
capable of being taught, as a subject.

Origin of teachable

First recorded in 1475–85; teach + -able
Related formsteach·a·bil·i·ty, teach·a·ble·ness, nounteach·a·bly, adverbnon·teach·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·teach·a·ble, adjectivenon·teach·a·ble·ness, nounnon·teach·a·bly, adverbun·teach·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unteachable

Historical Examples of unteachable

  • But because the romantic will was unteachable, all will was declared to be foolish.

  • He is forced to conclude that the ignorant savages are unteachable.

    The Unlearned

    Raymond F. Jones

  • But they fail to realize that certain things are unteachable and intransmissible.

  • And are we quite content to say that the greatest of subjects is unteachable?

    The Teacher

    George Herbert Palmer

  • Magic, the exercise of an unteachable will, is still Faust's instrument.

Word Origin and History for unteachable



late 15c., from teach (v.) + -able. Teachable moment attested from 1917, not common until after c.1960.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper