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pal·pa·ble  (plp-bl)
1. Capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible: Anger rushed out in a palpable wave through his arms and legs (Herman Wouk).
2. Easily perceived; obvious: There was a palpable sense of expectation in the court (Nelson DeMille). See Synonyms at perceptible.
3. Medicine That can be felt by palpating: a palpable tumor.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin palpbilis, from Latin palpre, to touch gently; see pl- in Indo-European roots.]

palpa·bili·ty n.
palpa·bly adv.

palpable  /plpbl/  adj. 1 capable of being felt: Bumps on his head from a fall were palpable to the touch. 2 easy to see or notice, obvious: The soldiers fear was palpable. -adv. palpably. palpable

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