Definitions

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

  • adj. Capable of being generated: generable ideas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of being generated or created.
  • n. Something that can be generated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being generated or produced.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being begotten or generated; that may be produced by generation, in any sense of the word.
  • Genial; contributory to propagation.

Etymologies

Latin generābilis, from generāre, to produce; see generate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Now all things that change have matter, but different matter; and of eternal things those which are not generable but are movable in space have matter-not matter for generation, however, but for motion from one place to another.

    Metaphysics

  • Regarding the substances that are natural and generable, if the causes are really these and of this number and we have to learn the causes, we must inquire thus, if we are to inquire rightly.

    Metaphysics

  • That there are principles and causes which are generable and destructible without ever being in course of being generated or destroyed, is obvious.

    Metaphysics

  • The generable, similarly, has been generated, for it is capable of having been generated and thus also of not always existing.

    On the Heavens

  • They come into being and pass away; that is, they are generable and perishable.

    The Angels and Us

  • It is from this startling discussion that Blasius concludes that the soul is mortal — produced from matter as other generable and corruptible things.

    DOUBLE TRUTH

  • He and his vessel were being driven along that tube by every watt of power generable by one entire Eddorian atomic power plant.

    Children of the Lens

  • A scant fifteen seconds was all that remained before zero, the moment at which the hellish output of every watt generable by the massed fleet of the Galactic Patrol would be hurled against those screens in their furiously, ragingly destructive might.

    Gray Lensman

  • The processes will not end, however, when all the heat generable WITHIN the stars shall have been radiated into an endless space.

    Popular Science Monthly Oct, Nov, Dec, 1915 — Volume 86

  • The system would not run down until all the kinetic energy had been converted into heat, and all the heat generable had been dissipated.

    Popular Science Monthly Oct, Nov, Dec, 1915 — Volume 86

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