One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Able to be separated or treated separately.‘body and soul are not separable’
divisible, distinguishable, distinct, independentView synonyms
- ‘The production of academic knowledge in American universities was never separable from the overall social, political, and economic requirements of the American state.’
- ‘We are fond of separating style and content but they aren't separable: they come from the same place.’
- ‘In fact, social status throughout Polynesia had two quite distinct and separable aspects to it.’
- ‘If attitudes and behavior are not clearly separable, they do not satisfy the criterion of independence between causes and effects that is a fundamental, assumption of scientific explanation.’
- ‘Legality and enforcement are to some substantial degree separable - here more than in the criminal law, I would suggest.’
- ‘Property rights are not separable from an action.’
- ‘These two areas of contention were distinct from each other, but not really separable.’
- ‘This approach may work well enough on domestic issues where the goodies - tax credits, Social Security checks, new schools, lower insurance premiums - are concrete and separable.’
- ‘Technical limits relate to the extent to which services are separable from the core activities of the firm in question.’
- ‘But there is another factor and that's why I think it's quite important to be able to look at Maori mental health as a distinctive problem that is separable from socio-economic disadvantage.’
- ‘He has come out of his own story; and this is perhaps the best definition that can be offered of a great literary character: that he becomes a separable being.’
- ‘I argue that Christianity and conservatism are indeed thoroughly separable.’
- ‘Or do they perhaps have agendas that are as complex, diverse and separable from their sexuality as women, gun owners or Christians, for that matter?’
- ‘With older forms of communication, generic information, such as addresses on envelopes or telephone numbers, is separable from content, such as letters and telephone conversations.’
- ‘But in reality they are not separable from other aspects of the mind.’
- ‘The parts are of course separable and debatable.’
- ‘My views on her actual politics should be easily separable from my views on her worth as an engaged citizen, just as my feelings about the righteousness of her current gaol term should be separable from my views about her political fate.’
- ‘The institutions and mechanisms of governance of African states are often no longer separable from the international mechanisms of governance with which they are engaged.’
- ‘But this doesn't look like the world of presidential elections, where there are many separable policy dimensions: economic liberty, personal liberty, foreign policy, and so on.’
- ‘However, in practice, the roles of Commissioners on the one hand and of the services on the other are not as separable or as distinguishable as these provisions of the Code imply.’
- 1.1Grammar (of a German prefix) separated from the base verb when inflected.
- 1.2Grammar (of a German verb) consisting of a prefix and a base verb that are separated when inflected, e.g., einführen.
- 1.3Grammar (of an English phrasal verb) allowing the insertion of the direct object between the base verb and the particle, e.g., look it over as opposed to go over it.
Late Middle English: from Latin separabilis, from separare ‘disjoin, divide’ (see separate).
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