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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Definitions for palpable

  1. Capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch; as, a palpable form.
  2. Easily perceptible; plain; distinct; obvious; readily perceived and detected; gross; as, palpable imposture; palpable absurdity; palpable errors.

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Citations for palpable
A sense of devastation from the attacks remains palpable, but so too is a sense of rejuvenation. , The Economist
Crowds at Kennedy-related sites around Washington were no larger than usual yesterday, but the emotion was palpable. , Washington Post
Origin of palpable
Palpable derives ultimately from Latin palpabilis, from palpare, "to touch gently."