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

  • adj. That can be supposed or conjectured: a supposable outcome.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of being supposed; imaginable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being supposed, or imagined to exist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being supposed; involving no absurdity, and not meaningless.
  • Sufficiently probable to be admitted problematically.

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

  • adj. capable of being inferred on slight grounds


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  • For example if it makes no difference whether we say that the supposable is not the genus of the opinable or that the opinable is not identical with a particular kind of supposable (for what is meant is the same in both statements), it is better to take as the terms the supposable and the opinable in preference to the phrase suggested.


  • The señor had added that it was almost the same with whatever customs duties were collected by the civil officers of the port, with the one drawback that a dishonest army collector, if discovered, might possibly get himself shot as a kind of supposable revolutionist, stealing the profits of the others.

    Ahead of the Army

  • Still though, it's a lot stronger than * likely* and * supposable*, while making words like * who the hell knows?

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Global warming was simply * credible*, very close to * supposable*, many might even say it teetered on * inferable*, but now, as we see, it is most definitely very likely*.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Had it been altered, the only supposable motive for murder on the part of the suspected would have been the ordinary one of revenge; and even this would have been counteracted by the hope of reinstation into the good graces of the uncle.

    Thou Art the Man

  • Yet it is mere folly to say that between the first and second disappearance of Marie there is no supposable connection.

    The Mystery of Marie Roget

  • I acted then all the niceties, apprehensions, and terrors supposable for a girl perfectly innocent to feel at so great a novelty as a naked man in bed with her for the first time.

    Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

  • He was not fond of Ralph — Ralph had told her so — and it was not supposable that Mr. Osmond had suddenly taken a fancy to her son.

    The Portrait of a Lady

  • So desperate was the running fight, yard-arm to yard-arm, which he maintained with creditors fierce as famine and hungry as the grave; so deep also was his horror (I know not for which of the various reasons supposable) against falling into a prison, that he seldom ventured to sleep twice successively in the same house.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845

  • It is not supposable that the people of the South realized to the full that humiliation, to which their State Department was subjecting them.

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy from Birth to Death


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