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[dih-viz-uh-buh l] /dɪˈvɪz ə bəl/
capable of being divided.
  1. capable of being evenly divided, without remainder.
  2. of or relating to a group in which given any element and any integer, there is a second element that when raised to the integer equals the first element.
Origin of divisible
1545-55; (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin dīvīsibilis, equivalent to Latin dīvīs(us), past participle of dīvidere to divide (dī- di-2 + vīd- (variant stem) + -tus past participle suffix) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
divisibleness, noun
divisibly, adverb
nondivisible, adjective
undivisible, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for divisible
  • In the economist's lexicon, widgets are private goods because they are divisible and separable.
  • Pick any year divisible by four, and chances are there will be unfathomable oddities.
  • One is that every fifth number, and only every fifth number, is divisible by five.
  • Forgive me, but that's a bit much to take, especially since this isn't even a year divisible by four.
  • Zeno's arrow would never reach the target if space and time could be infinitely divisible.
  • Many people learned in school that any year divisible by four is a leap year.
  • At the same time, they are portable and easily divisible.
  • It is durable, portable and easily divisible into bars and coins that share uniform properties.
  • divisible load permits are issued annually and by the month.
  • Introduce the vocabulary words, multiple and divisible.
British Dictionary definitions for divisible


capable of being divided, usually with no remainder
Derived Forms
divisibleness, noun
divisibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for divisible

early 15c., from Old French divisibile, from Late Latin divisibilis, from divis-, past participle stem of Latin dividere (see divide (v.)).

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