Definition of Opposable

1. Adjective. Capable of being placed opposite to something. "The thumb is opposable to the forefinger"

Exact synonyms: Apposable
Derivative terms: Appose
Antonyms: Unopposable



Definition of Opposable

1. a. Capable of being opposed or resisted.

Definition of Opposable

1. Adjective. Capable of being opposed or resisted. ¹

2. Adjective. Capable of being placed opposite something else. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Opposable

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Opposable

opportunistic
opportunistic infection
opportunistic infections
opportunistic pathogen
opportunistically
opportunists
opportunities
opportunity
opportunity cost
opportunity engineering
opportunivore
opportunivores
oppos
opposabilities
opposability
opposable (current term)
opposal
opposals
oppose
opposed
opposeless
opposer
opposer muscle of little finger
opposer muscle of thumb
opposers
opposes
opposing
opposingly
opposit

Literary usage of Opposable

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1. Magazine of Natural History edited by John Claudius Loudon, Edward Charlesworth, John Denson (1837)
"I. Observations on the opposable ... and, comparatively speaking, much longer than in the ordinary Simiae, was not opposable to the other ..."

2. Arboreal Man by Frederic Wood Jones (1916)
"Certain arboreal Rodents have developed very perfectly opposable thumbs and big toes upon lines exactly similar to the Primates, and this feature is seen ..."

3. Zoology: An Elementary Text-book by Arthur Everett Shipley, Ernest William MacBride (1901)
"The great toe is opposable to the other toes, the thumb imperfectly opposable to the other fingers. Family (1) CERCOPITHECIDAE. ..."

4. Living Things by Katy Z. Allen, Kathleen McKeehen (2002)
"Explain that the human thumb is called an opposable thumb because it moves in the opposite direction to the other fingers. 2. Ask students what they think ..."

5. A Zoological Pocket-book: Or, Synopsis of Animal Classification. Comprising by Emil Selenka (1890)
"Quadrupedal Mammals with prehensile extremities, opposable hallux, and long non-prehensile tail. Hallux (and generally pollex) with a flat nail, ..."

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