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[trey-suh-buh l] /ˈtreɪ sə bəl/
capable of being traced.
attributable or ascribable (usually followed by to):
a victory traceable to good coaching.
Origin of traceable
1740-50; trace1 + -able
Related forms
traceability, traceableness, noun
traceably, adverb
nontraceability, noun
nontraceable, adjective
nontraceableness, noun
nontraceably, adverb
untraceable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Train (no longer an errant and untraceable vagabond) was safe and produced jam.

  • The "garrow" might denote an untraceable St. Garrow or Carrow.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • There was nothing in it but the untraceable silver and gold.

    Ishmael Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • He cherished the hope that Zeal had been at pains to procure an untraceable drug.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • But results so untraceable cannot be proved to exist at all.

    Practical Essays Alexander Bain
  • The fortunes of Patrimondi continued to leap forward by untraceable impulses.

  • That he had the capacity so to see life was either a lucky accident or due to some untraceable composition of heredity.

    H. G. Wells J. D. Beresford
  • So that it is almost a pain not to be able to cease observing and tracing the untraceable maze of beauty.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • Quite apart from the subject inscribed on them, Weyburn had now and again a blow at the breast, of untraceable origin.

Word Origin and History for untraceable



1748, from trace (v.) + -able. Related: Traceability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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