palpable [adj1] clear, obvious apparent, appreciable, arresting, believable, blatant, certain, colorable, conspicuous, credible, detectable, discernible, distinct, evident, manifest, noticeable, observable, open, ostensible, patent, perceivable, perceptible, plain, plausible, positive, remarkable, seeming, sensible, straightforward, striking, sure, tangible, unequivocal, unmistakable, visible; concepts 529,535 —Ant. hidden, obscure, unclear, vague palpable [adj2] concrete, real material, sensible, solid, substantial, tactile, tangible, touchable; concept 582 —Ant. abstract, doubtful, dubious, inferential, questionable, unreal

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  • palpable — [ palpabl ] adj. • fin XIVe; lat. palpabilis → palper 1 ♦ Qui peut être palpé, touché. ⇒ matériel. Kyste palpable. Par ext. Dont on peut s assurer par les sens, et spécialt par le toucher. ⇒ concret, sensible, tangible. La force « est une qualité …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Palpable — Pal pa*ble, a. [F. palpable, L. palpabilis, fr. palpare to feel, stroke; cf. palpus the soft palm of the hand.] 1. Capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch; as, a palpable form. Shak. [1913 Webster] Darkness must overshadow all …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • palpable — The literal meaning, ‘that can be touched or felt’, is encountered in medical contexts (a palpable swelling), and is familiar from Shakespeare s line in the duel scene at the end of Hamlet: A hit, a very palpable hit. The figurative use,… …   Modern English usage

  • palpable — adjetivo 1. Que puede tocarse con las manos: Tengo un bulto palpable, toca y verás. Sinónimo: tangible. 2. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Que se puede percibir con claridad o certeza: Su estado de ansiedad era palpable. Ésa es una prueba palpable,… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • palpable — PALPABLE. adj. de tout genre. Qui se peut toucher avec la main. Tous les corps solides sont palpables. les tenebres d Egypte estoient palpables. Il signifie fig. Fort évident, fort clair. Ce que je vous dis est clair & palpable. raison palpable.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • palpable — I adjective able to be felt, able to be handled, able to be touched, apparent, bold, certain, clear, clear cut, conspicuous, crystal clear, definite, detectable, discernible, disclosed, discoverable, distinct, easily perceived, easily seen,… …   Law dictionary

  • palpable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) able to be touched or felt. 2) so intense as to be almost touched or felt: a palpable sense of loss. DERIVATIVES palpably adverb. ORIGIN Latin palpabilis, from palpare feel, touch gently …   English terms dictionary

  • palpable — Que se percibe por el tacto. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • palpable — (adj.) late 14c., that can be touched, from L.L. palpabilis that may be touched or felt, from L. palpare touch gently, stroke (see FEEL (Cf. feel) (v.)). Figurative sense of easily perceived, evident is from 1540s. Related: Palpably …   Etymology dictionary

  • palpable — 1 *perceptible, sensible, tangible, appreciable, ponderable Analogous words: *apparent, ostensible, seeming: believable, credible, colorable, *plausible Antonyms: insensible 2 plain, clear, *evident, apparent, manifest, patent, obvious, distinct… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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