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pal·pa·ble

palpable

 
 
pronunciation:
pael p bl
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: easy to sense or perceive; obvious.
The applicant's nervousness was palpable although she attempted to appear calm.This palpable lie did nothing to aid the young man's defense.
synonyms:
clear-cut, conspicuous, overt, patent
antonyms:
impalpable
similar words:
apparent, blatant, clear, distinct, evident, manifest, noticeable, obvious, outright, perceptible, plain, tangible, unmistakable, visible
definition 2: able to be touched, felt, or handled.
There was a palpable change in temperature that afternoon.
synonyms:
perceptible, tangible
antonyms:
impalpable
similar words:
appreciable, concrete, evident, material, noticeable, objective, perceivable, perceptible, physical, solid, tactile
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)palpable almost, immediately
(adj.)palpable + adverb wholly
(adj.)palpable + noun absence, affection, air, anguish, atmosphere, aura, desire, dread, drop, energy, evil, examination, excitement, feeling, flesh, frustration, gloom, hit, imagination, influence, joy, lymph, malaise, mass, neck, nervousness, node, presence, pride, pulse, rage, reality, relief, reluctance, sadness, sense, serenity, smell, symbol, threat, tumor, tumour, unease, uneasiness, yearning  [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: palpably (adv.), palpability (n.), palpableness (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word palpable contains the following parts:
palp Latin root that means touch
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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