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Examples of palpable in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of palpable, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - can be felt by palpation

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EXAMPLES - Palpable in a Sentence

  1. "palpable" Obama effect on international goodwill. (source)
  2. "Abilio's sense of legacy is palpable," says Davis. (source)
  3. But Can When It Comes To Their 'palpable' Chemistry ... (source)
  4. And then we are treated to this kind of palpable nonsense? (source)
  5. Mofokeng recalls the palpable confusion and fear that ensued. (source)
  6. There, racial and cultural tensions are "palpable," Robinson said. (source)
  7. The word "palpable" has been used in English since the 14th century. (source)
  8. A sense of disbelief was palpable afterward from Rome to Johannesburg. (source)
  9. The rightward shift of the court under Chief Justice Roberts is palpable. (source)
  10. The support from back home is "palpable" even from so far away, Thompson said. (source)
  11. The guilt was palpable and it lay between him and his wife like a sleeping animal. (source)
  12. Consternation over the incident in the upper reaches of India's government is palpable. (source)
  13. COX: Let me ask you, Jonathan, because you are in Baghdad and the danger there is palpable. (source)
  14. The tension between them is palpable, if the definition of "palpable" is: You can see it on TV. (source)
  15. Military progress since late summer, Gates said, is "palpable" and "has exceeded my expectations." (source)
  16. "It's our equivalent of war but it's nowhere near that same kind of palpable threat for most of us. (source)
  17. Seeing the fields rimmed by trees or the homey, rundown tavern really makes the earth and the rain palpable to the reader. (source)
  18. Large and lavishly illustrated, it makes palpable the kind of visual echoes and deep retinal memories from which inspiration comes. (source)
  19. But there is a kind of palpable sense that the government here is trying to experiment with some kind of economic opening -- Soledad. (source)
  20. Daman said on air that rage in the crowd was 'palpable' following Mubarak's announcement -- they want him to step down immediately, not in several months. (source)
  21. So palpable is this fact that we have commonly accepted it, and taken it for granted that this relation must be a continuous source of trouble to humanity. (source)
  22. In fact, there are many things HvB says that I frankly don't consciously understand, and yet, the overall effect is nevertheless a kind of palpable transmission. (source)
  23. We had made our case on the constitutional questions, we had rallied the business and the religious communities, and we had given everyone a palpable sense of the injustice. (source)
  24. It consists of two pieces of almost equal length, both of which embody the kind of palpable resonances and Zen-like pulsing that have come to be classified as minimalist classical music. (source)
  25. Though that kind of palpable tension is merely part of what the band specializes in, Bell explained that their concentrated marathon weeklong recording session was a tense experience of its own. (source)
  26. "We've got to trade or fade," Baucus said in a speech at George Washington University, adding that he felt the "palpable" absence of a comprehensive U.S. trade policy 10 months after Obama took office. (source)
  27. In a report released earlier this month, the Asian Development Bank said the risk of spiraling inflation in the region is "palpable," and noted that official figures tend to underestimate the phenomenon. (source)
  28. "The feeling of negativity in the market is palpable, which is why one needs to respect the possibility of a counter-trend rally of decent size in the near term that is fueled by short-covering activity." (source)
  29. TV personality Julie Snyder, who has been lobbying for fertility treatments to be publicly funded, attended the news conference Tuesday and recalled the palpable suffering she could feel in fertility centre waiting rooms. (source)
  30. The young girl is shielding her eyes; her vulnerability, fear, and sense of humiliation is palpable which is not unlike the emotions felt by today's trafficked women during an inspection of their naked bodies prior to being sold. (source)
  31. Inasmuch as "palpable" means "able to be touched or felt," I was a little concerned that Gilbert was able to literally touch or feel his teammates' relief as he hugged them, as it implies that his victory may have raised a little more than some eyebrows. (source)
  32. During the past year, Mainse continues, a renewed sense of excitement was "palpable" as it became clear council intended to rectify the problems, using the museum and VAGA Gallery as the core of a revitalized Village focused on a cultural, art and artisan base. (source)
  33. The taste of brass was in her mouth, a storm was brewing in her heart, and she tried to move away from him, as if she might free herself from a kind of palpable magnetism that seemed to have gripped her, to suffuse her with a frightening lassitude which increased the closer she was to Senjin., (source)
  34. Being conversant with it in my master's family, it was an easy matter for me to coin a palpable lie -- so, whenever I was asked where I was going, and what my business was, (as was often the case) my invariable answer was, that I was looking for a stray horse which had broken from my master's fields. (source)
  35. A familiar aura of sweetness and loss reminiscent of Salinger is palpable from the first pages of the book, when we meet Jane's older brother Henry, who, by introducing his "mature" girlfriend to the family has indelibly altered the paradigm of familial relationships with which young Jane is accustomed. (source)
  36. Quenched, inhuman, his fingers upon her unrevealed nudity were the fingers of silence upon silence, the body of mysterious night upon the body of mysterious night, the night masculine and feminine, never to be seen with the eye, or known with the mind, only known as a palpable revelation of living otherness. (source)
  37. They sipped their tea, and talked a little about who had been at church and who had not been, and the room was filled with that atmosphere of dulness which seems to prevail in such households upon a summer Sunday evening; a kind of palpable emptiness which sets a man speculating how many years he may have to live, and how many such Sundays he may have to spend. (source)
  38. Testimony into the origins of UK involvement into the 2003 Iraq War began yesterday with four senior diplomats and advisers testifying that Saddam Hussein posed a "palpable" threat and there was a sense that there was a "clear impression" from intelligence sources that Saddam had a "continuing intention" to acquire weapons of mass destruction -- some of which he had already used in the past. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 47.0, which suggests that "palpable" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 34 synonyms for palpable.

apparent, appreciable, arresting, believable, blatant, certain, colorable, conspicuous, credible, detectable, discernible, distinct, evident, manifest, noticeable, observable, open, ostensible, patent, perceivable, perceptible, plain, plausible, positive, remarkable, seeming, sensible, straightforward, striking, sure, tangible, unequivocal, unmistakable, visible


We have 27 antonyms for palpable.

abstract, ambiguous, concealed, doubtful, dubious, hidden, imperceptible, improbable, inconspicuous, indefinite, indistinct, inferential, invisible, mistakable, obscure, obscured, questionable, secret, uncertain, unclear, unknown, unlikely, unnoticeable, unreal, unremarkable, unsure, vague


Pronunciation: (pălˈpə-bəl)

Syllabification: pal-pa-ble


View up to 25 definitions of palpable from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible: "Anger rushed out in a palpable wave through his arms and legs” ( Herman Wouk).
  2. (adjective) Easily perceived; obvious: "There was a palpable sense of expectation in the court” ( Nelson DeMille). See Synonyms at perceptible.
  3. (adjective) Medicine That can be felt by palpating: a palpable tumor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Capable of being touched, felt or handled; touchable, tangible.
  2. (adjective) Obvious or easily perceived; noticeable.
  3. (adjective) That can be detected by palpation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch.
  2. (adjective) Easily perceptible; plain; distinct; obvious; readily perceived and detected; gross

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) That may be felt; perceptible by the touch; manifest to sight or touch; hence, appearing as if it might be touched or felt.
  2. (None) Hence Plain; evident; obvious; easily perceived or detected: as, palpable lies; a palpable mistake.
  3. (None) In medicine, perceptible by palpation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) can be felt by palpation
  2. (adjective) capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt