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pal·pa·ble  audio  (plp-bl) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible: "Anger rushed out in a palpable wave through his arms and legs" (Herman Wouk).
  2. Easily perceived; obvious: "There was a palpable sense of expectation in the court" (Nelson DeMille). See Synonyms at perceptible.
  3. Medicine That can be felt by palpating: a palpable tumor.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin palpbilis, from Latin palpre, to touch gently; see pl- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
palpa·bili·ty(Noun), palpa·bly(Adverb)


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