Definition of explicable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪkˈsplɪkəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsplɪkəbl//
; BrE BrE//ˈeksplɪkəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksplɪkəbl//
[not usually before noun] (formal)
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that can be explained or understood His behaviour is only explicable in terms of (= because of) his recent illness. opposite inexplicable Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French, or from Latin explicabilis, from explicare, from ex- ‘out’ + plicare ‘to fold’.Word Familyexplain verbexplanation nounexplanatory adjectiveexplicable adjective (inexplicable)Extra examples His behaviour is entirely explicable. The delay is partly explicable by the roadworks. The differences in the children’s achievements were not wholly explicable in terms of their social backgrounds. The sudden increase in sales is easily explicable. These atrocities are not readily explicable by any of the usual analyses of politics.
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