palpable

[pal-puh-buhl]
adjective
1.
readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident: a palpable lie; palpable absurdity.
2.
capable of being touched or felt; tangible.
3.
Medicine/Medical. perceptible by palpation.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin palpābilis that can be touched, equivalent to palpā(re) to stroke, touch, palpate1 + -bilis -ble

palpability, palpableness, noun
palpably, adverb
nonpalpability, noun
nonpalpable, adjective
nonpalpably, adverb
unpalpable, adjective
unpalpably, adverb


1. manifest, plain. 2. material, corporeal.


1. obscure.
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palpable (ˈpælpəbəl)
 
adj
1.  (usually prenominal) easily perceived by the senses or the mind; obvious: the excuse was a palpable lie
2.  capable of being touched; tangible
3.  med capable of being discerned by the sense of touch: a palpable tumour
 
[C14: from Late Latin palpābilis that may be touched, from Latin palpāre to stroke, touch]
 
palpa'bility
 
n
 
'palpableness
 
n
 
'palpably
 
adv

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palpable
late 14c., "that can be touched," from L.L. palpabilis "that may be touched or felt," from L. palpare "touch gently, stroke" (see feel (v.)). Figurative sense of "easily perceived, evident" is from 1540s.
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palpable pal·pa·ble (pāl'pə-bəl)
n.

  1. Perceptible to touch; capable of being palpated.

  2. Evident; obvious.

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Example sentences
At the meeting, the electricity about it was palpable, and it was obvious what
  it was.
There was some palpable resentment.
But there is a palpable need for consistent rules of engagement.
The palpable possibility of calamity is what makes adventure adventure.
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