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[pahr-tuh-buh l] /ˈpɑr tə bəl/
capable of being divided or separated; separable; divisible.
Origin of partible
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin partibilis divisible, equivalent to Latin part(īrī) to divide, part + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
partibility, noun
nonpartible, adjective
unpartible, adjective Unabridged
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  • Thus one of the most immediate consequences of the partible quality of estates has been to create a class of free laborers.

    American Institutions and Their Influence Alexis de Tocqueville et al.
  • His third position, that the crown estates were partible, was but a forlorn hope.

    King Robert the Bruce A. F. Murison
  • For the lords purposes that system was at its best when it was rigid and no tenement was partible.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • On the contrary, the individuals hold upon his strips developed very rapidly into an inheritable and partible ownership.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
British Dictionary definitions for partible


(esp of property or an inheritance) divisible; separable
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin partibilis, from part-, parspart
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