Definition of effable in English:


Pronunciation /ˈefəbəl/ /ˈɛfəbəl/


  • Able to be described in words.

    ‘socialism is effable, which is what I like about it’
    • ‘To be sure, depicted as jovial, effable, and magnanimous throughout, the beaten ‘Bull’ continues to embody ‘manly’ virtues such as fortitude, determination, persistence, strength, vigor, and so forth.’
    • ‘That it is a special but effable sort of strongly-self-modelling computational process.’
    • ‘So it is there that is situated the first thing that is effable and can be called by proper names.’


Early 17th century from Latin effabilis, from effari ‘utter’.