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[pal-puh-buh l] /ˈpæl pə bəl/
readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident:
a palpable lie; palpable absurdity.
capable of being touched or felt; tangible.
Medicine/Medical. perceptible by palpation.
Origin of palpable
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin palpābilis that can be touched, equivalent to palpā(re) to stroke, touch, palpate1 + -bilis -ble
Related forms
palpability, palpableness, noun
palpably, adverb
nonpalpability, noun
nonpalpable, adjective
nonpalpably, adverb
unpalpable, adjective
unpalpably, adverb
1. manifest, plain. 2. material, corporeal.
1. obscure. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for palpable
  • 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.
  • With this wordless gesture, he conveys a palpable sense of defeat and social awkwardness.
  • Your seething is palpable.
  • Technology blogs lit up discussing the merits of the $100 laptop and how they wanted one; the excitement was palpable.
  • In many respects, however, its inferiority is palpable.
  • He saw it as a hostile state within the state, a palpable threat to the Empire.
  • There is a palpable sense of fear.
British Dictionary definitions for palpable


(usually prenominal) easily perceived by the senses or the mind; obvious: the excuse was a palpable lie
capable of being touched; tangible
(med) capable of being discerned by the sense of touch: a palpable tumour
Derived Forms
palpability, palpableness, noun
palpably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin palpābilis that may be touched, from Latin palpāre to stroke, touch
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Word Origin and History for palpable

late 14c., "that can be touched," from Late Latin palpabilis "that may be touched or felt," from Latin palpare "touch gently, stroke" (see feel (v.)). Figurative sense of "easily perceived, evident" also is from late 14c. Related: Palpably.

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palpable in Medicine

palpable pal·pa·ble (pāl'pə-bəl)

  1. Perceptible to touch; capable of being palpated.

  2. Evident; obvious.

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