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

  • adj. Possible to separate: separable sheets of paper.

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  • adj. Able to be separated.
  • adj. Of a topological space, that it has a countable dense subset.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being separated, disjoined, disunited, or divided

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being separated, disjoined, or disunited: as, the separable parts of plants; qualities not separable from the substance in which they exist.
  • Separative.

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

  • adj. capable of being divided or dissociated


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  • Aristotle adds, however, that Socrates had stopped at the point here indicated: he had not gone on, like some others, to make those universal notions or definitions "separable" -- separable, that is to say, from the particular and concrete instances, from which he had gathered them.

    Plato and Platonism

  • It's most likely because a large-scale event like an earthquake can't easily be separable from a small one like a landslide - the latter often triggered by the former.

    McPile of Rubble (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Also, defend your view that what “the result should be according to law” is actually separable from the conservative or liberal tendencies of the person writing the opinion?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » More on Lithwick’s Lament

  • As I pointed out in my review, I was addressing only reverse engineering the device itself (and generic data on it), not addressing any trade secret data, separable from the device, remaining onit.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Next iPhone — and the Criminal Law Angle

  • The present multivariate twin study of 3 executive functions (inhibiting dominant responses, updating working memory representations, and shifting between task sets), measured as latent variables, examined why people vary in these executive control abilities and why these abilities are correlated but separable from a behavioral genetic perspective.

    Tight Genes

  • As he convincingly illustrates, what Blake objected to was the Cartesian construct of nature as an object domain separable from human consciousness, a world of dead matter that could be exploited ad infinitum to benefit humanity's estate.

    Blake, Heidegger, Buddhism, and Deep Ecology: A Fourfold Perspective on Humanity's Relationship to Nature

  • This notion of an immaterial soul potentially separable from the body clashes starkly with the scientific view.

    Is God an Accident?

  • Indeed, is such ego separable from the aspiration?

    Hogle, Introduction, Frankenstein's Dream, Praxis Series, Romantic Circles

  • The more structured and specific informational components of cognitive processing were shown to be separable from the emotional and connotational components.

    Roger W. Sperry - Nobel Lecture

  • There became ingrained in British thought the idea that the possession of privileges and power was in separable from the performance of obligations.

    Education and the Empire


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  • Psychophysicists—scientists who study the ways that the brain interacts with the physical world—have shown that these attributes are separable. Each can be varied without altering the others, allowing the scientific study of one at a time.
    Daniel J. Levitin, This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession (New York: Penguin Random House, 2007), p. 17

    June 19, 2017