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[pal-uh-tuh-buh l] /ˈpæl ə tə bəl/
acceptable or agreeable to the palate or taste; savory:
palatable food.
acceptable or agreeable to the mind or feelings:
palatable ideas.
Origin of palatable
1660-70; palate + -able
Related forms
palatability, palatableness, noun
palatably, adverb
nonpalatability, noun
nonpalatable, adjective
nonpalatableness, noun
nonpalatably, adverb
1. delicious, delectable. Palatable, appetizing, tasty, savory all refer to tastes or aromas pleasing to the palate and in some cases to the olfactory nerves. Palatable has the least positive connotation of these terms, often referring to food that is merely acceptable and not especially good: a palatable, if undistinguished, main course; a barely palatable mixture of overcooked vegetables. Appetizing suggests stimulation of the appetite by the smell, taste of food, and is the only one of these words that can also refer to food pleasing to the eye: the appetizing aroma of baking bread; the table contained an appetizing display of meats, cheeses, and salads. Tasty refers to food that has a notable or especially appealing taste: mixed with bits of a tasty sausage; an especially tasty sauce. SAVORY refers most often to well or highly seasoned foods and applies to their appeal in both taste and smell: a savory, succulent roast of beef, spiced with slivers of garlic; the savory aroma of a simmering duck sauce. 2. pleasing, satisfactory.
1. distasteful. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for palatable


pleasant to taste
acceptable or satisfactory: a palatable suggestion
Derived Forms
palatability, palatableness, noun
palatably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for palatable

1660s, "good-tasting," from palate + -able. Figurative use from 1680s. Related: Palatably; palatability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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