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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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Examples for opposable
  • Without opposable thumbs, none of this would have ever been possible.
  • Maisie's lack of opposable thumbs apparently does not preclude her ability to create a moniker all on her own.
  • Besides being helpful in themselves, opposable thumbs are valuable in that they allow us to use other, more complicated tools.
  • Elsewhere, adroitness of thumb has even manifested itself in contests of opposable dexterity.
  • Our ability to process and communicate information is as much an evolutionary advantage as our opposable thumbs.
  • You'd think the lack of opposable thumbs would hinder its tweeting ability.
  • They also have cheek pouches and a fully opposable thumb.
  • Two vanes were constructed using a tracked backhoe with an opposable thumb.
  • For example, they do not have hands with flexible fingers, especially your extremely helpful opposable thumbs.
  • Tracks will show an opposable thumb on the rear feet.
British Dictionary definitions for opposable

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 opposable
opposable
1833, in reference to thumbs, from oppose + -able.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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