An example of palpable is tension so thick in a room you can feel it.
- that can be touched, felt, or handled; tangible
- easily perceived by the senses; audible, recognizable, perceptible, noticeable, etc.
- clear to the mind; obvious; evident; plain
Origin of palpableMiddle English from Late Latin palpabilis from Classical Latin palpare, to touch, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form pel-, to make move, shake from source feel
- a. Capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible: “Anger rushed out in a palpable wave through his arms and legs” ( Herman Wouk )b. Medicine Capable of being felt by palpating: a palpable tumor.
- Easily perceived; obvious: “There was a palpable sense of expectation in the court” ( Nelson DeMille ) See Synonyms at perceptible.
Origin of palpableMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin palpābilis from Latin palpāre to touch gently ; see pāl- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more palpable, superlative most palpable)
From Middle French palpable and its source, Latin palpÄbilis.