Definition of determinable in English:



  • 1Able to be definitely decided or ascertained.

    ‘a readily determinable market value’
    • ‘In emphasizing the objectively determinable market value, Bueckner ignores the value of the dogs as companions and as beloved pets.’
    • ‘After all, the answers to large-scale questions are in many cases not determinable by the evidence we have before us.’
    • ‘In summary, we found that several easily determinable clinical characteristics are independently associated with bacteremia in patients admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.’
    • ‘Sufficient original contacts between lithologies can be locally observed such that the original stratigraphie succession is determinable with reasonable confidence.’
    • ‘Investments in marketable securities with readily determinable fair values and all investments in debt securities are valued at their fair values in the statement of financial position.’
    • ‘Monies were due by a determinable date without demand.’
    • ‘But even if I referred to a table for example, whether I were talking about a figure in a book or an item of furniture would only be determinable from the context and not solely from my use of the word itself.’
    • ‘Measures of test accuracy are often thought of as fixed characteristics determinable by research and then applicable in practice.’
    • ‘Each of two parties owes the other determinable amounts.’
    • ‘Displacements are for the most part not determinable, although some faults displace dykes by distances of up to 20 m.’
    • ‘The same schools also debated whether concepts such as justice are determinable objectively by reason or exclusively by revelation.’
    • ‘For the investments that have a readily determinable market price, the auditor can check the market value by using various market listings that show the last bid price of stocks and bonds and government obligations.’
    • ‘But even more fundamentally, he believed that nature exists independent of the experimenter, and the motions of particles are precisely determinable.’
    • ‘In the case of triads, RyRs are already identifiable, and their coordinates and orientations should be determinable with high reliability and precision.’
    • ‘Upon discovering it was empty the group moved on, passing portraits and tapestries far too grimy to be determinable.’
    • ‘Only the latter has any objectively determinable market value.’
    • ‘If, to give an unlikely scenario, there had been no take-over and the shares had been delisted but continued to trade in the over-the-counter market, the conversion right would still have a value determinable in the market place.’
    • ‘If the costs are to be capitalized, then the next issue is to determine the asset's determinable useful life, if any.’
    • ‘The difference between anxiety and fear is that we fear a particular and determinable being, whereas anxiety lacks a determinable object.’
    • ‘Although, it was hard to tell, on a day when social status appeared to be determinable purely by the size of your sunglasses.’
    ascertainable, known, definite, clear-cut, precise, exact, specific
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  • 2Law
    Capable of being brought to an end under given conditions.

    • ‘The statutory meaning of notice to quit covers a notice exercising a break clause and clearly contemplates that a fixed term tenancy determinable by such a notice is still a ‘term of years certain’.’
    • ‘It may be no more than a licence determinable at any time, or a tenancy at will.’
    • ‘In Mattheus v Doego a contract's continuation was determinable by the entry of Spain, Portugal and Greece to the Community.’
    • ‘In any case where a residential contract is determinable by notice given by either party to the other, a notice so given shall be of no effect unless it is given not less than 4 weeks before the date on which it is to take effect.’


Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin determinabilis ‘finite’, from the verb determinare (see determine).