l) KEY ADJECTIVE:
- Capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible: "Anger rushed out in a palpable wave through his arms and legs" (Herman Wouk).
- Easily perceived; obvious: "There was a palpable sense of expectation in the court" (Nelson DeMille). See Synonyms at perceptible.
- Medicine That can be felt by palpating: a palpable tumor.
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin palpbilis
, from Latin palpre
, to touch gently
; see pl-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:palpa·bili·ty(Noun)