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a. Capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible: "Anger rushed out in a palpable wave through his arms and legs" (Herman Wouk).
b. Medicine Capable of being felt by palpating: a palpable tumor.
2. Easily perceived; obvious: "There was a palpable sense of expectation in the court" (Nelson DeMille). See Synonyms at perceptible.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin palpābilis, from Latin palpāre, to touch gently; see pāl- in Indo-European roots.]

pal′pa·bil′i·ty n.
pal′pa·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palpability - the quality of being perceivable by touch
corporality, corporeality, physicalness, materiality - the quality of being physical; consisting of matter
impalpability, intangibility, intangibleness - the quality of being intangible and not perceptible by touch


The quality or condition of being discernible by touch:
References in classic literature ?
A half-formed, wholly unexpressed suspicion tossed in it, now heaving itself up, and now sinking into the deep; now gaining palpability, and now losing it.
The patient underwent excisional biopsy due to superficial location of the lesion and palpability.
These include thermal conductivity, palpability, allergic hypersensitivity, infection around the plates, growth restriction and plate translocation.
3 Other clinicians, however, raise doubts about the palpability and the reliability of palpation of pterygoid muscles.
Patient's demographic and clinical data including age, gender, and durationof symptoms, tumour size, laterality and palpability of tumour were recorded from clinical records and the histopathology findings, including the gross and microscopic findings, were obtained from pathology reports.
Although safe and effective, possible complications associated with the use of titanium hardware include palpability and visibility, which affect the reconstructive aspect of surgery.
The incidence of intersexuality in children with cryptorchidism and hypospadias: Stratification based on gonadal palpability and meatal location.
about them, a restless, objectless palpability, as if feeling for both
1548), in agreement with Alberti, provides a relevant comment on the passions represented in paintings: "Painting distinguishes the effects of love; it exposes the falseness of false admiration, the fire of hatred, the palpability of strength, the weariness of effort, the fearsomeness of fear.
Nevertheless, in positioning the indebted woman as the subject of securitised debt because of these shifting relations between different temporalities, connections can be made between Adkins' argument and theories of anticipation and pre-emption involving the awareness of the palpability and activity of time.
As far as the distinction between concrete and abstract nouns is concerned, Talmy proposes the parameter of palpability, which is "a gradient parameter that pertains to the degree of palpability with which some entity is experienced in consciousness, from fully concrete to the fully abstract".
It is the first impression of the city, both by proximity as palpability of the observer.