What does palpable mean?

Definitions for palpableˈpæl pə bəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. palpable, tangible(adj)

    capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt

    "a barely palpable dust"; "felt sudden anger in a palpable wave"; "the air was warm and close--palpable as cotton"; "a palpable lie"

  2. palpable(adj)

    can be felt by palpation

    "a palpable tumor"


  1. palpable(Adjective)

    Capable of being touched, felt or handled; touchable, tangible.

  2. palpable(Adjective)

    Obvious or easily perceived; noticeable.

  3. palpable(Adjective)

    That can be detected by palpation.

  4. Origin: From palpable and its source, palpabilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palpable(adj)

    capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch; as, a palpable form

  2. Palpable(adj)

    easily perceptible; plain; distinct; obvious; readily perceived and detected; gross; as, palpable imposture; palpable absurdity; palpable errors

  3. Origin: [F. palpable, L. palpabilis, fr. palpare to feel, stroke; cf. palpus the soft palm of the hand.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Palpable

    pal′pa-bl, adj. that can be touched or felt: easily perceived or found out, as lies, &c.: looking as if it might be touched or felt: obvious, gross.—ns. Palpabil′ity, Pal′pableness, quality of being palpable: obviousness.—adv. Pal′pably.—v.t. Pal′pāte, to examine by touch.—n. Palpā′tion, the act of examining by means of touch. [Fr.,—L. palpabilispalpāre, -ātum, to touch softly.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of palpable in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of palpable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Shakespeare:

    A hit, a very palpable hit.

  2. Brian Foster:

    There was definitely a palpable mood change when the transfers went out.

  3. Andrew Weiss:

    There is palpable concern in Washington that a brief lull is only temporary.

  4. Agnes Repplier:

    People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.

  5. John Stuart Mill:

    Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.

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