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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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  • The sentences of both were quotable at large and fit for all occasions.

  • It is a fine, well told and purposeful tale, with brilliant and quotable passages.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • He was expected to talk biology to the government ladies, who hoped he would say things that were "rather daring" but quotable.

    Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
  • Ellis gives a quotable description of this hula, which he calls the "hura ka raau:"

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii Nathaniel Bright Emerson
  • Almost any scene picked out at random is a quotable instance of genuine ability.

    Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • A pleasant and profitable review for some classes is based on the quotable passages in the quarter's Scripture.

    Sunday-School Success Amos R. Wells
  • The hero answers this question in three pages of most Rabelaisan abuse, of which only a very few lines are quotable.

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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