Definitions

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  • adj. That can be spoken; utterable, verbalizable.
  • adj. Acceptable as a topic of discussion; not subject to taboo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being spoken; fit to be spoken.
  • adj. Able to speak.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being spoken; fit to be uttered.
  • Having the power of speech.

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

  • adj. capable of being uttered in words or sentences

Etymologies

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speak +‎ -able

Examples

  • "speakable" equivalent - "Death, despair, division of families, all entanglements of mankind grow" - as a different list, with "age" itself elided into a single allusion that takes its modest place in the next rhyming line, "As that old wandering beggar and these God-hated children know".

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  • But Mr. Ives is a major playwright with an uncanny knack for versification, and it seems more than likely that many regional companies that have heretofore shied away from the formidable demands of "The Misanthrope," even in so easily speakable a rendering as that of Mr. Wilbur, will now decide to take a shot at mounting Mr. Ives's streamlined version.

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  • It's an impeccably theatrical piece of work that is both beautifully speakable and more poetic than Paul Schmidt's now-standard version.

    The End Of the Line

  • Although it may not matter who is sleeping with whom in the celebrity world, several other current events do require the truth, such as the reasons why the government has not taken a more aggressive stance regarding the recent oil spill, or why barely speakable crimes of humanity are allowed to occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • Mr. FRANZEN: Walter is a portrait in the displacement of unspeakable rage about what's going on in his family through speakable rage about what's going on in this country.

    Jonathan Franzen Takes The Long Road To 'Freedom'

  • Warren would change the lines, and Rossen felt that he was screwing with his script—he wrote it—although Warren was just doing what most actors do, make the lines speakable.

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  • Comments in art, everything must be fair game, everything must be explorable, everything must be speakable, or we go BACKWARDS! we go DOWN!

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  • A number of commands, or “speakable items,” are already created for you.

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  • This, remember, is in response to O'Reilly's recitation of a string of unspeakable, or maybe semi-speakable, atrocities: a woman "getting a cross smashed out of her hand," a church "invaded" by gay activists, a man being fired.

    Ellis Weiner: The Shock of the Newt

  • The requests tend to become increasingly strident as I make my way to a speakable distance, I find myself increasingly impatient with their impatience.

    Without a sound

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