Definition of palpable in English:



  • 1(of a feeling or atmosphere) so intense as to seem almost tangible.

    ‘a palpable sense of loss’
    • ‘The palpable anger and sadness at a village fair, usually an occasion for gaiety, was a poignant commentary on the hypocritical times we live in.’
    • ‘The colour, excitement and passion was palpable even on the television screen.’
    • ‘The writer's sense of uneasiness and disappointment is palpable throughout the book at she surveys the scene.’
    • ‘She'd sensed a palpable fear among members of the Task Force.’
    • ‘It was unbelievable and the sense of shock and sadness was palpable all around the region.’
    • ‘The crowd is heaving, shouting and - given the heat - stinking, but the excitement and anticipation are palpable.’
    • ‘Two postal workers here had just died, apparently from inhaling anthrax spores, and my US friends told me that the fear was palpable throughout the city.’
    • ‘The excitement was almost palpable in each of the locations as children enthusiastically waved flags and banners to welcome the President.’
    • ‘And I sense a palpable fear among those living in the park.’
    • ‘With a smile rarely far from his lips, his sense of fun is palpable.’
    • ‘Morgan's version of Charlie's vulnerability is palpable and touching.’
    • ‘The opposition's disappointment was palpable; likewise mine, as I'd hoped for an interview.’
    • ‘Their confidence and self-assurance is indeed palpable, as is their ability to express themselves uninhibitedly.’
    • ‘In the legion of plot twists that assault the viewer in the final part of the film, one can almost sense the palpable desire to leave the audience stunned and amazed.’
    • ‘The flawless engineering creates a palpable feeling of performance space.’
    • ‘When flow returns, the sense of relief is palpable.’
    • ‘When something is described as ‘frivolous and light, like a fine champagne’, the sense of a party atmosphere is almost palpable.’
    • ‘His excitement is palpable and his enthusiasm for playing to a non-American crowd is obvious.’
    • ‘The sense of public outrage is palpable, as is the desire for justice.’
    • ‘There is a feeling outside, a palpable fear that you can almost taste.’
    perceptible, perceivable, visible, noticeable, appreciable, discernible, detectable, observable, tangible, recognizable, notable, unmistakable, transparent, indisputable, self-evident, incontrovertible, incontestable, undeniable
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    1. 1.1 Plain to see or comprehend.
      ‘to talk of dawn raids in the circumstances is palpable nonsense’
      • ‘I suppose that I might have been tempted otherwise if the argument had been such palpable nonsense that it was instantly obvious that it could not possibly be right.’
      • ‘The prosecution claimed that the defendant had perjured himself and lied to the court, but the defence described that accusation as palpable nonsense.’
      • ‘This of course is palpable nonsense, and raises fundamental problems about the whole enterprise.’
      • ‘It's impressive how the continual repetition of palpable nonsense can create widespread illusions.’
      • ‘So now all those earlier findings are shown to be palpable nonsense - and by a factor of three or four.’
      • ‘However, the idea that there could be a casino in every high street is palpable nonsense.’
      undisguised, plain, unadorned, unvarnished, unveiled, unqualified, stark, bald, unexaggerated, simple
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  • 2Able to be touched or felt.

    ‘the palpable bump at the bridge of the nose’
    • ‘A 16 year old young woman presented with iron deficiency anaemia and a palpable mass the size of an orange in the left upper quadrant of her abdomen.’
    • ‘The abscesses may be visible and palpable if they are superficially located.’
    • ‘Four of his cases were palpable lesions and were entirely made up of gynecomastia-like changes.’
    • ‘Physical examination may reveal effusion and palpable osteophytes.’
    • ‘Lymph nodes were not palpable, the chest was clear to auscultation, and the abdomen was found to be normal.’
    • ‘She had bilateral palpable cervical lymph nodes.’
    • ‘Physical examination revealed no palpable nodules, and FNA of the left lobe was performed.’
    • ‘The artery should be easily palpable or visible with transillumination.’
    • ‘The lesions were palpable, did not blanch on pressure, and had no overlying warmth or tenderness.’
    • ‘The nodules were palpable and no ultrasound was employed in the biopsy procedures.’
    • ‘A mass may be palpable in patients with localised perforation, and computed tomography is the most useful investigation.’
    • ‘Malignant masses of the stomach or splenic flexure of the colon are sometimes palpable in the splenic area.’
    • ‘Contraindications to sentinel node biopsy include suspicious palpable axillary adenopathy, pregnancy, and multicentric carcinoma.’
    • ‘The mammographic size of a palpable metastatic lesion corresponds closely with the size on physical examination.’
    • ‘On physical examination, the thickened bowel loops are often visible and palpable through the abdominal wall.’
    • ‘The inguinal orchiopexy is a well-established operation for the palpable undescended testicle.’
    • ‘His neck was swollen, with no palpable subcutaneous emphysema.’
    • ‘Based on her history and physical examination with a palpable mass, a computerized tomography was performed.’
    • ‘On physical examination a palpable, nontender abdominal mass was identified in the patient's right upper quadrant.’
    • ‘Identify the mental foramen, which is palpable subcutaneously halfway between the upper and lower border of the mandible.’
    tangible, touchable, noticeable, detectable, solid, concrete, material, substantial, real
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Late Middle English: from late Latin palpabilis, from Latin palpare ‘feel, touch gently’.