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opposable

[uh-poh-zuh-buh l] /əˈpoʊ zə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being placed opposite to something else:
the opposable thumb of primates.
2.
capable of being resisted, fought, or opposed.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; oppose + -able
Related forms
opposability, noun
nonopposable, adjective
unopposable, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for opposability

opposable

/əˈpəʊzəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being opposed
2.
Also apposable. (of the thumb of primates, esp man) capable of being moved into a position facing the other digits so as to be able to touch the ends of each
3.
capable of being placed opposite something else
Derived Forms
opposably, adverb
opposability, noun
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Word Origin and History for opposability

opposable

adj.

1660s, "capable of being withstood," from oppose + -able. In reference to human thumbs, from 1833. Related: Opposability.

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