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[tee-chuh-buh l] /ˈti tʃə bəl/
capable of being instructed, as a person; docile.
capable of being taught, as a subject.
Origin of teachable
1475-85; teach + -able
Related forms
teachability, teachableness, noun
teachably, adverb
nonteachability, noun
nonteachable, adjective
nonteachableness, noun
nonteachably, adverb
unteachable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for teachable
  • His studies upheld the idea that expertise accrues from experience, so in principle good minesweeping should be teachable.
  • Thank you for the informative coverage of how risk taking in science communication can yield teachable moments.
  • But perhaps because they were written quickly, they offer a teachable moment by embedding a common misconception.
  • The graphics are quite good, and there is real information displayed and used in the game that provide lots of teachable moments.
  • The lessons of this teachable moment concern arrogance and moral hazard and should make big-government advocates uncomfortable.
  • They have to talk to their kids at every teachable opportunity.
  • Here's a series of new videos that might enlighten those who are still teachable.
  • Here are some tips to help you respond more effectively on the spot and make the best use of the teachable moments.
Word Origin and History for teachable

late 15c., from teach (v.) + -able. Teachable moment attested from 1917, not common until after c.1960.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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