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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.
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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
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(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.
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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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