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[koun-tuh-buh l] /ˈkaʊn tə bəl/
able to be counted.
  1. (of a set) having a finite number of elements.
  2. (of a set) having elements that form a one-to-one correspondence with the natural numbers; denumerable; enumerable.
Origin of countable
1400-50; late Middle English. See count1, -able
Related forms
countability, countableness, noun
countably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for countable
  • The net monthly income is the countable income before taxes less countable deductions.
  • Uncurrent coins are coins that are worn yet recognizable as to genuineness and denomination, and are machine countable.
  • Both earned and unearned incomes, less mandatory deductions, are countable with few exceptions.
  • However, you may be able to get conditional payments if you agree to sell some of your countable resources resources.
  • The payment for a month is generally based on your countable income from the second month before the current month.
  • Other personal property may be a countable resource.
  • countable income is deducted first from the federal payment.
  • To be eligible for the subsidy, an individual, or couple must have countable income below certain limits prescribed by the law.
  • Without this suffix, a countable noun is understood to be singular.
British Dictionary definitions for countable


capable of being counted
(maths, logic) able to be counted using the natural numbers; finite or denumerable
(linguistics) denoting a count noun
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countable in Technology

A term describing a set which is isomorphic to a subet of the natural numbers. A countable set has "countably many" elements. If the isomorphism is stated explicitly then the set is called "a counted set" or "an enumeration".
Examples of countable sets are any finite set, the natural numbers, integers, and rational numbers. The real numbers and complex numbers are not [proof?].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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