Definition of palpable in English:

palpable

Syllabification: pal·pa·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈpalpəbəl
 
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adjective

1Able to be touched or felt: the palpable bump at the bridge of the nose
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  • His neck was swollen, with no palpable subcutaneous emphysema.
  • Physical examination revealed no palpable nodules, and FNA of the left lobe was performed.
  • Contraindications to sentinel node biopsy include suspicious palpable axillary adenopathy, pregnancy, and multicentric carcinoma.
Synonyms
tangible, touchable, noticeable, detectable
1.1(Especially of a feeling or atmosphere) so intense as to be almost touched or felt: a palpable sense of loss
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  • And I sense a palpable fear among those living in the park.
  • When flow returns, the sense of relief is palpable.
  • In the legion of plot twists that assault the viewer in the final part of the film, one can almost sense the palpable desire to leave the audience stunned and amazed.
Synonyms
1.2Clear to the mind or plain to see: to talk of dawn raids in the circumstances is palpable nonsense
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  • The prosecution claimed that the defendant had perjured himself and lied to the court, but the defence described that accusation as palpable nonsense.
  • However, the idea that there could be a casino in every high street is palpable nonsense.
  • It's impressive how the continual repetition of palpable nonsense can create widespread illusions.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin palpabilis, from Latin palpare 'feel, touch gently'.

Derivatives

palpability

Pronunciation: /ˌpalpəˈbilitē/
noun
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  • In an open voice the narrator implores the reader to ‘Come along,’ to enter the ‘wind’ that sweeps over the cane, to become part of this vision based on an almost physical palpability.
  • This has led to a dramatic improvement in palpability.
  • Some of the new fillers are more permanent, but there have been issues with palpability.

palpably

adverb
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  • It may be fanciful to suggest that the men in red will succeed at Kingsholm, where so many themselves included have so palpably failed over the years.
  • What is the point of bankrolling an economic model that is so palpably failing?
  • In an article published on January 22, the Times wondered why the union was pursuing such a palpably failing strategy.

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