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1. Possible to oppose or resist.
2. Capable of moving opposite to and touching one or more other digits of the same hand or foot in a way that allows grasping: The thumb is an opposable digit.

op·pos′a·bil′i·ty n.


1. capable of being opposed
2. (Anatomy) Also: apposable (of the thumb of primates, esp man) capable of being moved into a position facing the other digits so as to be able to touch the ends of each
3. capable of being placed opposite something else
opˈposably adv
opˌposaˈbility n


(əˈpoʊ zə bəl)

1. capable of being opposed or resisted.
2. able to be placed against something else: the opposable thumb of primates.
op•pos`a•bil′i•ty, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.opposable - capable of being placed opposite to somethingopposable - capable of being placed opposite to something; "the thumb is opposable to the forefinger"
unopposable - not opposable
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But you, who have opened the books and who share my awful confidence--you know him for what he is, brother to you and the dust, a cosmic joke, a sport of chemistry, a garmented beast that arose out of the ruck of screaming beastliness by virtue and accident of two opposable great toes.
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I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes, will endure.
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Even then, it's hardly much of a pay-off for lugging a tuba across acres of muddy fields when you've no opposable thumbs, is it?