• (British) IPA: /ˈpalpəbəl/
  • (America) enPR: păl'pə-bəl, IPA: /ˈpælpəbəl/


  1. Capable of being touched, felt or handled; touchable, tangible.
    Synonyms: tangible, touchable
    • circa 1600 William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 5, scene 2:
      Osric: A hit, a very palpable hit.
    • 1838, Edgar Allan Poe, "Ligeia":
      I had felt that some palpable although invisible object had passed lightly by my person.
    • 1894, Bret Harte, "The Heir of the McHulishes" in A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories:
      The next morning the fog had given way to a palpable, horizontally driving rain.
  2. Obvious or easily perceived; noticeable.
    Synonyms: manifest, noticeable, patent
    • 1913, Sax Rohmer, The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu chapter 24:
      Her voice, her palpable agitation, prepared us for something extraordinary.
    • 1916, Kathleen Norris, The Heart of Rachael, chapter 7:
      No use in raging, in reasoning, in arguing. No use in setting forth the facts, the palpable right and wrong.
  3. (medicine) That can be detected by palpation.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: palpável
  • Russian: прощу́пываемый

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