Definitions

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  • adj. Capable of being expressed in words, especially audibly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being uttered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being uttered, pronounced, or expressed.

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

  • adj. capable of being uttered in words or sentences

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Examples

  • He could picture but one way of destroying this terrible loneliness, the attainment of a spiritual -- a divine -- state of love, a condition to which he would give no name utterable by human lips, lest it be profaned, but for which his whole being yearned.

    Short Stories of the Tragedy and Comedy of Life

  • In his vocabulary was no word for “crocodile”; yet in his thought, as potent as any utterable word, was an image of dreadful import — an image of a log awash that was not a log and that was alive, that could swim upon the surface, under the surface, and haul out across the dry land, that was huge-toothed, mighty-mawed, and certain death to a swimming dog.

    CHAPTER XX

  • Among all the French words my daughter has taught me, rosace may be the least useful in speech (not like the ever-groovy, ever-utterable chiche* that she taught me a while back) but I can say that I am now seeing rosace patterns everywhere.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Lilli Mokganyetsi's story conveyed profound meanings that went beyond the immediate, beyond the apparent, beyond the chronological, beyond the coherent or the utterable.

    'I Saw a Nightmare …' Doing Violence to Memory: The Soweto Uprising, June 16, 1976

  • But the French use it, and that means that it is utterable now—tout de suite—illico!

    Words in a French Life

  • It became clear fairly quickly that the trees wouldn't be things of un-utterable joy, though.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • Among all the French words my daughter has taught me, rosace may be the least useful in speech not like the ever-groovy, ever-utterable chiche* that she taught me a while back but I can say that I am now seeing rosace patterns everywhere.

    rosace - French Word-A-Day

  • Whenever a human being utters meaningful speech, he chooses from a range of utterable sound-combinations.

    Robert Camp:Can Intelligent Design be considered scientific in the same way that SETI is? - The Panda's Thumb

  • For even so self-guaranteeing a statement as the self-predication ˜The Beautiful itself is beautiful™ could not be truly utterable unless the Form referred to endured long enough for the predicate to be attached to it.

    Plato's Cratylus

  • Then to the utterable and sometimes very loud dark of that woman Harriet.

    Kangaroo

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