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[nol-i-juh-buh l] /ˈnɒl ɪ dʒə bəl/
possessing or exhibiting knowledge, insight, or understanding; intelligent; well-informed; discerning; perceptive.
Also, knowledgable.
Origin of knowledgeable
1600-10; knowledge + -able
Related forms
knowledgeability, knowledgeableness, noun
knowledgeably, adverb
nonknowledgeable, adjective
quasi-knowledgeable, adjective
quasi-knowledgeably, adverb
unknowledgeable, adjective Unabridged
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  • He favored casual khakis, and was knowledgeable about art.
  • You clearly have something of value to say, and I believe you are more knowledgeable than me.
  • We can all be knowledgeable on a topic and still form differing opinions.
  • They each have some talented and knowledgeable economists on their side.
  • He's smart, knowledgeable about space and a thoroughly capable leader.
  • Positive and knowledgeable staff members are usually the backbone of the Departments.
  • Currently I have a hunting license and am quite knowledgeable about gun safety.
  • Our waitress was personable, efficient and knowledgeable.
  • Someone more knowledgeable may correct me, of course.
  • The food is served in large portions by a pleasant, knowledgeable staff.
British Dictionary definitions for knowledgeable


possessing or indicating much knowledge
Derived Forms
knowledgeableness, knowledgableness, noun
knowledgeably, knowledgably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for knowledgeable

also knowledgable, c.1600, "capable of being known, recognizable" (a sense now obsolete), from knowledge in its Middle English verbal sense + -able. The modern sense of "having knowledge, displaying knowledge" is from 1829 and probably a new formation.

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