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



    BrE BrE//ˈsepərəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsepərəbl//
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  1. 1separable (from something) that can be separated from something, or considered separately The moral question is not entirely separable from the financial one. The influences of home and school are not easily separable. The two things were never identical, but never separable from each other.
  2. 2(grammar) (of a phrasal verb) that can be used with the object going either between the verb and the particle or after the particle The phrasal verb ‘tear up’ is separable because you can say ‘She tore the letter up’ or ‘She tore up the letter’.
  3. opposite inseparable
    Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin separabilis, from separare ‘disjoin, divide’, from se- ‘apart’ + parare ‘prepare’.Word Familyseparate adjectiveseparately adverbseparable adjective (inseparable)separate verbseparated adjectiveseparation noun
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: separable