One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a proposition) capable of or requiring explanation.‘motion is and must ever remain to us something nameable but not exponible’
explainable, interpretable, definableView synonyms
- ‘He emphasized that the feeling of beauty of a painting is not exponible in the sense that one could translate it into concepts and argue it.’
- ‘He began in 1499 with a work on exponible terms such as only, except, and in so far as, expressions which contribute in interesting logical ways to the validity or otherwise of syllogisms.’
- ‘We have seen that sensibility extrinsically distinguishes indiscernibles and then exhibits to the understanding (without however making it exponible) a difference that the understanding should itself be able to find.’
- ‘One alternative to considering the beauty of either art or nature as mimetic is to posit nature as art, that is, to admit that nature itself is exponible, or at least interpretable.’
- ‘In limiting philosophy to the immanent use of exponible concepts, Kant removes the possibility of thought ever transcending the infinite regress inherent in the regressive method.’
Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin exponibilis, from the verb exponere (see expound).
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