Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of being educated or taught: educable youngsters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of being educated

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being educated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being educated; susceptible of mental development.

Etymologies

From New Latin *educabilis, from Latin educareĀ ("to educate"); see educate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He struck me not only as highly educated but, more importantly, highly educable, meaning that he seemed capable of mastering problems on their own terms rather than with reference to pre-existing dogmas.

    Walter Kirn: Testing, Testing

  • True the kids who can afford to go to private schools may be more educable, but put a kid from the inner city in the school and he will rise to the challenge, competing against more "educable" kids.

    Education and Income Inequality

  • They learned in their early days with prodigious rapidity, illustrating the deep difference between the "big-brain" type, relatively poor in its endowment of instinctive capacities, but eminently "educable," and the "little-brain" type, say, of ants and bees, richly endowed with instinctive capacities, but very far from being quick or glad to learn.

    The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4) A Plain Story Simply Told

  • Categorized as "educable," John does not have Down syndrome but more resembles Lennie from "Of Mice and Men" - a giant of a guy with a sweet nature, a thick shock of white hair, beautiful skin that never endured the ravages of alcohol and cigarettes, a low I.Q. and epilepsy.

    NYT > Home Page

  • In the many letters the SPLC found, Tanton wrote friendly correspondences to prominent white supremacists, mused whether Latinos were 'educable' and even officially queried the state of Michigan about the legality of forced sterilisation.

    Global Issues News Headlines

  • In the many letters the SPLC found, Tanton wrote friendly correspondences to prominent white supremacists, mused whether Latinos were "educable" and even officially queried the state of Michigan about the legality of forced sterilisation.

    IPS Inter Press Service

  • "I think he's educable and the business community should give him a chance."

    Humala narrowly wins Peru election

  • However, wishing to have intelligent, articulate, moderate, and educable human beings occupying high office, I shall continue to avoid the GOP.

    Huckabee warns Palin: Don't leave GOP

  • These volunteer organizations grew in size and in scope as the community as a whole realized that not only were these children educable, but they could become integral parts of the community.

    Steven Paley: Robotics And Tzedakah: A Creative Approach

  • "I think it's an educable situation, we just have to address it."

    On Broadway, 7 p.m. Is New 8 p.m.

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