Definition of ansible in English:

ansible

noun

  • In science fiction: a device that enables instantaneous communication over any distance.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in Ursula Le Guin (b. 1929), writer of science fiction and fantasy. Shortened from answerable, with suffix substitution, so called to contrast with wave-based communication technologies (such as radio) which are not answerable over interstellar distances within any useful period of time.

Pronunciation

ansible

/ˈɑːnsɪbl//ˈansɪbl/