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utterable adj : capable of being uttered in words or sentences [syn: speakable]

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  1. Capable of being expressed in words, especially audibly.
    • 1850, Herman Melville, White Jacket, ch. 92,
      An utterable nausea oppressed me.
    • 1917, Jack London, Jerry of the Islands, ch. 20,
      In his vocabulary was no word for "crocodile"; yet in his thought, as potent as any utterable word, was an image of dreadful import.

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  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
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