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[ej-oo-kuh-buh l] /ˈɛdʒ ʊ kə bəl/
capable of being educated.
of or relating to mildly retarded individuals who may achieve self-sufficiency.
Also, educatable
[ej-oo-key-tuh-buh l] /ˈɛdʒ ʊˌkeɪ tə bəl/ (Show IPA)
Origin of educable
1835-45; educ(ate) + -able
Related forms
educability, noun
noneducable, adjective
uneducability, noun
uneducable, adjective
Can be confused
educable, educible. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for educable
Historical Examples
  • In 1869 it was estimated that there were in the State 34,000 Negro children of educable age.

  • The human being is the most adaptable—that is to say, educable—of all living creatures.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • The learner could not possibly be educable, that is, susceptible of receiving instruction, unless he were able to think.

    The Reform of Education Giovanni Gentile
  • As to structure, human nature is undoubtedly the most plastic part of the living world, the most adaptable, the most educable.

  • Animals are educable in different degrees; but where they are educable they begin to profit by experience from the first.

  • In other words, we are educable, the lower animals are not, or only within very narrow limits.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • I am convinced from experience that it is both normal and educable though not usually active in the large majority of people.

    Second Sight Sepharial
British Dictionary definitions for educable


capable of being trained or educated; able to learn
Derived Forms
educability, educatability, noun
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Word Origin and History for educable

1842 (implied in educability); see educate + -able.

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