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[kwoh-tuh-buh l] /ˈkwoʊ tə bəl/
able to be quoted or easily quoted, as by reason of effectiveness, succinctness, or the like:
the most quotable book of the season.
suitable or appropriate for quotation:
His comments were hilarious but unfortunately not quotable.
Origin of quotable
1815-25; quote + -able
Related forms
quotability, quotableness, noun
quotably, adverb
unquotable, adjective Unabridged
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  • His spirited, quotable commentary made the whole election fracas worthwhile.
  • quotable quotes are coins rubbed smooth by circulation.
  • Your last paragraph is one of those quotable quotes.
  • The five-tone musical motif used for communication with the aliens has become as quotable as any line of movie dialogue.
  • Each category is preceded by short, crisp, often quotable commentary that reflects the inclusion criterion applied.
British Dictionary definitions for quotable


apt or suitable for quotation: his remarks are not quotable in mixed company
Derived Forms
quotability, noun
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Word Origin and History for quotable

1804, from quote (v.) + -able. Related: Quotably.

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