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[proh-kyoo r-uh-buh l, pruh-] /proʊˈkyʊər ə bəl, prə-/
Origin of procurable
1605-15; procure + -able
Related forms
nonprocurable, adjective
unprocurable, adjective Unabridged
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  • Antonyms: unobtainable, unprocurable, unattainable, inaccessible.

    Putnam's Word Book Louis A. Flemming
  • He would have preferred a man, but men were unprocurable in war-time.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • Spanish coffee is expensive and bad, cocoa we did not find, and butter and jam were unprocurable.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • It has long been unprocurable, and is constantly enquired for.

  • We had no more oil for our hurricane lamps, and it was unprocurable.

    The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
  • Everything could be managed except the cream, which was unprocurable.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • In the absence of liquefaction at such points, the nourishing gruel is unprocurable.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Plato proposes to substitute some "unprocurable" beast, perhaps a giraffe or an elephant.

  • As might be expected, the original is so scarce as to be unprocurable, and even the reprint is of considerable value.

    Book Collecting John Herbert Slater
  • You starve to death: good food is unprocurable save at prohibitive prices.

    The Mask Arthur Hornblow
Word Origin and History for unprocurable



mid-15c., from procure + -able. Related: Procurability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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