Definition of palpable in English:



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

    ‘a palpable sense of loss’
    • ‘The writer's sense of uneasiness and disappointment is palpable throughout the book at she surveys the scene.’
    • ‘The excitement was almost palpable in each of the locations as children enthusiastically waved flags and banners to welcome the President.’
    • ‘The colour, excitement and passion was palpable even on the television screen.’
    • ‘The sense of public outrage is palpable, as is the desire for justice.’
    • ‘Their confidence and self-assurance is indeed palpable, as is their ability to express themselves uninhibitedly.’
    • ‘His excitement is palpable and his enthusiasm for playing to a non-American crowd is obvious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Morgan's version of Charlie's vulnerability is palpable and touching.’
    • ‘The crowd is heaving, shouting and - given the heat - stinking, but the excitement and anticipation are palpable.’
    • ‘And I sense a palpable fear among those living in the park.’
    • ‘It was unbelievable and the sense of shock and sadness was palpable all around the region.’
    • ‘When something is described as ‘frivolous and light, like a fine champagne’, the sense of a party atmosphere is almost palpable.’
    • ‘The opposition's disappointment was palpable; likewise mine, as I'd hoped for an interview.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a feeling outside, a palpable fear that you can almost taste.’
    • ‘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 flawless engineering creates a palpable feeling of performance space.’
    • ‘She'd sensed a palpable fear among members of the Task Force.’
    • ‘With a smile rarely far from his lips, his sense of fun is palpable.’
    • ‘When flow returns, the sense of relief is palpable.’
    perceptible, perceivable, visible, noticeable, appreciable, discernible, detectable, observable, tangible, recognizable, notable, unmistakable, transparent, indisputable, self-evident, incontrovertible, incontestable, undeniable
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    1. 1.1Plain 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.’
      • ‘However, the idea that there could be a casino in every high street is palpable nonsense.’
      • ‘So now all those earlier findings are shown to be palpable nonsense - and by a factor of three or four.’
      • ‘It's impressive how the continual repetition of palpable nonsense can create widespread illusions.’
      • ‘This of course is palpable nonsense, and raises fundamental problems about the whole enterprise.’
      • ‘The prosecution claimed that the defendant had perjured himself and lied to the court, but the defence described that accusation as 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’
    • ‘Physical examination revealed no palpable nodules, and FNA of the left lobe was performed.’
    • ‘Four of his cases were palpable lesions and were entirely made up of gynecomastia-like changes.’
    • ‘The lesions were palpable, did not blanch on pressure, and had no overlying warmth or tenderness.’
    • ‘She had bilateral palpable cervical lymph nodes.’
    • ‘Based on her history and physical examination with a palpable mass, a computerized tomography was performed.’
    • ‘Malignant masses of the stomach or splenic flexure of the colon are sometimes palpable in the splenic area.’
    • ‘On physical examination a palpable, nontender abdominal mass was identified in the patient's right upper quadrant.’
    • ‘Lymph nodes were not palpable, the chest was clear to auscultation, and the abdomen was found to be normal.’
    • ‘Physical examination may reveal effusion and palpable osteophytes.’
    • ‘A mass may be palpable in patients with localised perforation, and computed tomography is the most useful investigation.’
    • ‘The nodules were palpable and no ultrasound was employed in the biopsy procedures.’
    • ‘The artery should be easily palpable or visible with transillumination.’
    • ‘The inguinal orchiopexy is a well-established operation for the palpable undescended testicle.’
    • ‘The abscesses may be visible and palpable if they are superficially located.’
    • ‘The mammographic size of a palpable metastatic lesion corresponds closely with the size on physical examination.’
    • ‘Identify the mental foramen, which is palpable subcutaneously halfway between the upper and lower border of the mandible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His neck was swollen, with no palpable subcutaneous emphysema.’
    • ‘Contraindications to sentinel node biopsy include suspicious palpable axillary adenopathy, pregnancy, and multicentric carcinoma.’
    • ‘On physical examination, the thickened bowel loops are often visible and palpable through the abdominal wall.’
    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.