explicable

Can you understand your chemistry teacher's explanation of how to do an experiment? Then it's explicable, able to be comprehended clearly and accurately.

Since the 16th century, the adjective explicable has been used for things that are intelligible or that can be solved. It comes from the Latin explicabilis, "capable of being unraveled," and its root, explicare, "unfold or explain." These days you're most likely to find it in academic or formal writing, not always the most explicable of genres.

Definitions of explicable
  1. adjective
    capable of being explicated or accounted for
    explicable behavior”
    Synonyms:
    comprehendible, comprehensible
    capable of being comprehended or understood
    explainable, interpretable
    capable of being understood
    soluble
    susceptible of solution or of being solved or explained
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    Antonyms:
    incomprehensible, inexplicable
    incapable of being explained or accounted for
    incomprehensible, uncomprehensible
    difficult to understand
    cryptic, cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mysterious, mystifying
    of an obscure nature
    paradoxical, self-contradictory
    seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true
    unaccountable, unexplainable
    not to be accounted for or explained
    unexplained
    having the reason or cause not made clear
    insoluble
    admitting of no solution or explanation
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