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[sol-vuh-buh l] /ˈsɒl və bəl/
capable of being solved, as a problem.
Mathematics. (of a group) having a normal series of subgroups in which successive quotient groups are Abelian.
Archaic. soluble (def 1).
Origin of solvable
1640-50; solve + -able
Related forms
solvability, solvableness, noun
nonsolvability, noun
nonsolvable, adjective
nonsolvableness, noun
unsolvable, adjective
unsolvableness, noun
unsolvably, adverb
Can be confused
insoluble, insolvable, unsolvable.
solvable, soluble. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for solvable
  • There are no solvable philosophical problems that do not require the existence of a body in motion.
  • Neuroscientists and philosophers argue fiercely about how to solve the riddle and whether it is even solvable.
  • Even is every problem is eventually solvable by science, the decisions must remain with the public.
  • Students need to know that there is still low-hanging fruit, so to speak, of simple questions that are obviously solvable.
  • It turns out the problem is potentially solvable, though.
  • But, to go by the evidence presented in both books, the jury system appears to be in that rarest kind of crisis: a solvable one.
  • But those problems are readily solvable, and don't detract significantly from the app's core strength: listening by location.
  • Such transition problems are solvable, but they need money and attention.
  • Ironically, it's the advancing power of the modern digital computer that has made such problems solvable.
  • Make a code cracking system solvable, and then bad actors can solve it about as well as the good guys.
British Dictionary definitions for solvable


another word for soluble (sense 1)
Derived Forms
solvability, solvableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for solvable

1640s, from solve + -able.

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