Meaning of ansible in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɑːnsɪbl/ /ˈansɪbl/


  • In science fiction: a device that enables instantaneous communication over any distance.


1960s; earliest use found in Ursula Le Guin (1929–2018), writer of science fiction and fantasy. Shortened from answerable, with suffix substitution, so called to contrast with wave-based communication technologies (such as radio) which are not answerable over interstellar distances within any useful period of time.