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palpable (adj.)

late 14c., "that can be felt, perceptible by the touch," from Late Latin palpabilis "that may be touched or felt," from Latin palpare "touch gently, stroke," a word de Vaan finds to be of no known etymology (rejecting the connection in Watkins, etc., to a reduplication of the PIE root *pal-, as in feel (v.), on phonetic grounds). Some sources suggest it is onomatopoeic. The figurative sense of "easily perceived, evident, clear, obvious" also is from late 14c., on the notion of "seeming as if it might be touched." Related: Palpably; palpability.

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Definitions of palpable from WordNet

palpable (adj.)
capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt;
a palpable lie
the air was warm and close--palpable as cotton
a barely palpable dust
felt sudden anger in a palpable wave
Synonyms: tangible
palpable (adj.)
(medicine) can be felt by palpation;
a palpable tumor
palpable (adj.)
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment;
a palpable lie
palpable (adj.)
so intense as to be almost touched or felt;
there was a palpable sense of joy in the air
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