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A word considered only as a sequence of sounds or letters rather than as a unit of meaning.
Capable of being voiced or spoken.

[French, from Old French, from Latin vocābulum, name, from vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Linguistics) any word, either written or spoken, regarded simply as a sequence of letters or spoken sounds, irrespective of its meaning
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) a vocal sound; vowel
(Linguistics) capable of being uttered
[C16: from Latin vocābulum a designation, from vocāre to call]
ˈvocably adv
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(ˈvoʊ kə bəl)

a word, esp. one considered only as a combination of sounds or letters without regard to meaning.
[1520–30; < Latin vocābulum word, name =vocā(re) to call + -bulum n. suffix]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vocable - a word that is spoken aloudvocable - a word that is spoken aloud    
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
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[ˈvəʊkəbl] N (Phon) → vocablo m
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Given that the currency is counterfeit, the meaning of the image changes irre- vocably. False money.
Bulgarian serving staff complained vocably to us about the Russians' rudeness (a role reversal if ever there was one, wait-staff complaining about arrogant behaviour by foreign customers, but I could see their point).