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[dih-mon-struh-buh l, dem-uh n-] /dɪˈmɒn strə bəl, ˈdɛm ən-/
capable of being demonstrated or proved.
clearly evident; obvious:
a demonstrable lack of concern for the general welfare.
Origin of demonstrable
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin dēmonstrābilis, equivalent to Latin dēmonstrā(re) (see demonstrate) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
demonstrability, demonstrableness, noun
demonstrably, adverb
nondemonstrability, noun
nondemonstrable, adjective
nondemonstrableness, noun
nondemonstrably, adverb
undemonstrable, adjective
undemonstrableness, noun
undemonstrably, adverb Unabridged
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  • People who want to work in the country, and have some demonstrable skills need to make themselves available.
  • Hence the familiar ideas continue to be repeated, long past their demonstrable validity.
  • But such far-reaching influences are not demonstrable.
  • Show a demonstrable knowledge of the business to which you are applying.
  • Faculty and staff would know that they were legally protected and could not be terminated without demonstrable cause.
  • And then there is the troubling matter of whether antioxidants make a demonstrable difference to health.
  • They must be identifiable, demonstrable, and genuinely weighty enough to offset the dangers inherent in concentration.
  • Science is not based on belief, but on clearly demonstrable facts.
  • Science has only theory, which no matter how powerful or demonstrable, still awaits to be overturned.
  • In other words, the distinction is one that they have found to be clinically demonstrable.
British Dictionary definitions for demonstrable


/ˈdɛmənstrəbəl; dɪˈmɒn-/
able to be demonstrated or proved
Derived Forms
demonstrability, demonstrableness, noun
demonstrably (ˈdɛmənstrəblɪ; dɪˈmɒn-) adverb
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Word Origin and History for demonstrable

c.1400, from Latin demonstrabilis, from demonstrare (see demonstration). Related: Demonstrably.

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