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- adj. Capable of being converted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Capable of being converted or reversed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being converted, or transformed into the converse.
- Same as conversable.
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To be conversible, on the other hand, is, as the etymology almost suggests, to relate to others, but through conversational conventions whose meaningful possibilities, rather than their subversions of meaning, make conversation potentially critical of the orthodox social prescriptions it has converted in its quest for information.
Supposing he should now find her in a more conversible humour, he proceeded to accost her.
He was at that age of a conversible temper, and insatiably curious in the aspects of life; and he spent much of his time scraping acquaintance with all classes of man — and woman-kind.
This requires that the conversible world be treated as part of the Republic of Letters, however; when it is not, problems arise:
Learning suffers when shut off from the conversible world.
Hume in one of his essays (Of Essay-Writing) makes a distinction between the learned and the conversible realms of rational discourse ("The elegant Part of Mankind, who are not immers'd in the animal Life, but employ themselves in the Operations of the Mind, may be divided into the learned and conversible").
The conversible World join to a sociable Disposition, and a Taste of Pleasure, an Inclination to the easier and more gentle Exercises of the Understanding, to obvious Reflections on human Affairs, and the Duties of common Life, and to the Observation of the Blemishes or Perfections of the particular Objects, that surround them.
He can be a conversible companion if he thinks it worth his while.
By this time He had discovered that his Neighbour was not very conversible; But whether her silence proceeded from pride, discretion, timidity, or idiotism, He was still unable to decide.
Phylosophy down from heaven and make her conversible to men.
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