Definitions

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

  • adj. That can be taught: teachable skills.
  • adj. Able and willing to learn: teachable youngsters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of being taught; apt to learn.
  • adj. Willing to receive instruction or to learn; docile.
  • adj. That can be taught.
  • adj. Facilitating teaching; instructive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being taught; apt to learn; also, willing to receive instruction; docile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being taught; apt to learn; ready to receive instruction; docile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. ready and willing to be taught

Etymologies

teach +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But he decided to use it as what he called a teachable moment to talk to the American people in an adult way about race.

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  • "This is what they call a teachable moment," said Robert F. Pezzella, executive assistant to the superintendent for school safety and violence prevention.

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  • So this is what you call a teachable moment here right now for Barack Obama.

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  • Obama said he hoped the incident could be considered "what we call a teachable moment, where all of us ... spend a little more time listening to each other and try to focus on how we can generally improve relations between police officers and minority communities."

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  • "It really is what we call a teachable moment," said Liz Jaroslow, the school's interim director, according to the newspaper.

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  • "It really is what we call a teachable moment," Jaroflow said, noting the historic significance of same-sex marriage and related civil rights issues.

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  • And educators tend to think less in terms of justice, and look for what they call teachable moments.

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  • How many times did we hear this described as a teachable moment?

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  • There was a division ... again among the Jews for these sayings -- the light and the darkness revealing themselves with increasing clearness in the separation of the teachable from the obstinately prejudiced.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • And educators tend to think less in terms of justice - and look for what they call teachable moments.

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  • "And those who attend have a responsibility not merely to ensure that a very teachable moment does not pass by unexploited, but to help ensure that the next festival that focuses on a conflict-ridden city or country creates a much stronger intellectual and aesthetic foundation for its programming."
    - Mark Levine, Framing Tel Aviv , aljazeera.net, 13 September 2009.

    September 14, 2009