Definition of discriminable in English:



  • Able to be discriminated; distinguishable.

    ‘the target contours will not be discriminable from their background’
    • ‘Hence, as in other frogs, the fundamental frequency of advertisement calls is a reliable and discriminable signal of male body size in bullfrogs.’
    • ‘Do these differences correlate with the length of the list of discriminable behavior states?’
    • ‘That occurs because a reduction in shock intensity is immediately discriminable provided that it exceeds some threshold change, but a decrease in shock duration is discriminable only when the briefer shock is terminated.’
    • ‘The primary goal of this analysis phase was to test whether there were discriminable noncompliance responses between skill levels across domains of behavior.’
    • ‘Tests of internal and external validity indicate that there are indeed discriminable response styles of child noncompliance toward teachers.’
    • ‘A second more critical problem is that the dimensions of spatial position and colour may not have been equally discriminable.’
    • ‘If so, impressions that arise in the specified conditions, though true, will be indistinguishable from false impressions - as far as any intrinsic discriminable character is concerned.’
    • ‘He concluded that the term culture-bound syndrome ‘still has currency but little discriminable content’.’
    • ‘However, the minimum discriminable difference, was calculated, and was of sufficient magnitude to have been detected by our apparatus.’
    • ‘Myths may be grouped in three discriminable cycles reflecting three different periods of time at various removes from the present.’
    • ‘In the high-discriminability condition, a pair of highly discriminable shapes, X versus O, was used.’
    • ‘In addition, these compliance subtypes were negatively correlated with each other, suggesting that they are indeed discriminable aspects of compliance.’
    • ‘This inhibitory effect is most strongly observed for alternating tasks, resulting in an alternating-switch cost that is discriminable from switch cost per se.’
    • ‘However, inactive agents are a poor placebo for an easily discriminable drug such as nicotine.’
    • ‘In particular, the far distracters may have been more discriminable from targets in the window-present condition as compared to the window-absent condition.’
    • ‘Psychological absorption is closely related to fantasy proneness and indeed, the two constructs might not be truly discriminable.’
    • ‘This sensory ability is analogous to color vision, whereby reflectances of similar brightness in a scene are discriminable because their spectral features differ, so we call it polarization vision by analogy to color vision.’
    • ‘When the stimulus dimensions are highly discriminable, participants take advantage of the informativeness of the dimensions and achieve greater search efficiency by flexibly searching through the smaller subset.’
    • ‘Greater saccadic selectivity towards those distractors sharing shape with the target was observed when more discriminable shapes were employed.’


Mid 18th century: from discriminate, on the pattern of the pair separate, separable.