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[sep-er-uh-buh l, sep-ruh-] /ˈsɛp ər ə bəl, ˈsɛp rə-/
capable of being separated, parted, or dissociated.
  1. containing a countable dense subset.
  2. (of a differential equation) capable of being written so that coefficients of the differentials of the independent and dependent variables are, respectively, functions of these variables alone.
Origin of separable
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin sēparābilis, equivalent to sēparā(re) to separate + -bilis -ble
Related forms
separability, separableness, noun
separably, adverb
nonseparability, noun
nonseparable, adjective
nonseparableness, noun
nonseparably, adverb
unseparable, adjective
unseparableness, noun
unseparably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for separable
  • If it stands up, it is a good wall, and the question of what purpose it serves is separable from that.
  • If the look is inseparable from its timing, it is remarkably and uncomfortably separable from its agent.
  • Our work is showing that these are all separable in the brain.
  • Of course, principle and interest are never entirely separable.
  • While populist economics is always nonsense, economics shouldn't be separable into two ideological camps.
  • The deep question is whether that's really separable from the less attractive elements of the mid-century package.
  • But these things are logically and practically separable.
  • It seems to me that these two things are highly separable.
  • Two of them are barely separable by telescope, and the third orbits one so closely it's impossible to see.
  • In this context, politics and religion are not separable.
British Dictionary definitions for separable


/ˈsɛpərəbəl; ˈsɛprəbəl/
able to be separated, divided, or parted
Derived Forms
separability, separableness, noun
separably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for separable

late 14c., from Latin separabilis, from separare (see separate (v.)). Related: Separability.

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