英 [ɪk'splɪkəb(ə)l; ek-; 'eksplɪ,kəb(ə)l]
1. ex- "out" + plic- "fold" + -able.
2. => capable of being unraveled, that may be explained.
- explicable (adj.)
- 1550s, from or modeled on Latin explicabilis "capable of being unraveled, that may be explained," from explicare "unfold; explain" (see explicit). Middle English had a verb expliken "explain, interpret" (mid-15c.).
- 1. The delay is partly explicable by the road works.
- 2. The sudden increase in sales is easily explicable.
- 3. The differences in the children's achievements were not wholly explicable in terms of their social backgrounds.
- 4. The older I grow, the stranger and less explicable the world appears to me.
- 5. His behaviour is explicable in the light of his recent illness.
[ explicable 造句 ]