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[mezh-er-uh-buh l] /ˈmɛʒ ər ə bəl/
capable of being measured.
Origin of measurable
1300-50; Middle English mesurable < Middle French < Late Latin mēnsūrābilis that can be measured. See measure, -able
Related forms
measurability, measurableness, noun
measurably, adverb
intermeasurable, adjective
nonmeasurability, noun
nonmeasurable, adjective
nonmeasurableness, noun
nonmeasurably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Impulse decided for him and his answer came with no measurable time of hesitation.

    Daughter of the Sun Jackson Gregory
  • They bring the love with them—not much or little, not measurable, but perfect love.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • Certainly physical objects form part of the data of economics; and these, just because they are physical, are measurable.

  • In Coburn remains a measurable deposit of Quaker Hill population.

    Quaker Hill Warren H. Wilson
  • Behold thou hast made my days measurable and my substance is as nothing before thee.

British Dictionary definitions for measurable


/ˈmɛʒərəbəl; ˈmɛʒrə-/
able to be measured; perceptible or significant
Derived Forms
measurability, measurableness, noun
measurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for measurable

c.1300, "moderate," from Old French mesurable "restrained, moderate, sensible; restricted," from Late Latin mensurabilis, from mensurare (see measure (v.)). Meaning "that can be measured" is from mid-14c. Related: Measurably.

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