1. Possible to observe: observable phenomena; an observable change in demeanor.
2. Archaic Deserving or worthy of note; noteworthy: an observable anniversary.
A physical property, such as weight or temperature, that can be observed or measured directly, as distinguished from a quantity, such as work or entropy, that must be derived from observed quantities.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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