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knowable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj knowable capable of being known
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Knowable That may be known; capable of being discovered, understood, or ascertained. "Thus mind and matter, as known or knowable, are only two different series of phenomena or qualities."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • knowable That may be known; capable of being apprehended, understood, or ascertained.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Knowable capable of being known, discovered, or understood
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Quotations

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “The highest happiness of man is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Science has been seriously retarded by the study of what is not worth knowing and of what is not knowable.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cnáwan; Ice. kná, L. noscĕre for gnoscere, Gr. gignōskein.

Usage

In literature:

While admitting His existence they do not think of Him as knowable in the sense that we know things or people.
"The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer
There must be weighty consideration of all known and knowable factors in the given situation.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
The whole knowable earth had ceased to exist.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
L. No, Mary, for we should not wish to know anything but what is easily and assuredly knowable.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
The knowable world of yellow lights and security was far away.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
The Universe, knowable and unknowable, will it be affected a whit by it?
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
The gospel of Freethought teaches us to distinguish between the knowable and the unknowable.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The gospel of Freethought teaches us to distinguish between the knowable and the unknowable.
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The Ninth Father has faces Knowable, First Visible, and...
"The Gnôsis of the Light" by F. Lamplugh
Concrete general names (and the meaning of abstract names depends on the concrete) should have a fixed and knowable connotation.
"Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic" by William Stebbing
His warmth was in the security of the knowable, he thought nodding off.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
For if the form is what is knowable in a thing, the more form there is, the more knowable it will be.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
No other sort of truth is knowable.
"The Sources Of Religious Insight" by Josiah Royce
Every general name, then, must have a certain and knowable meaning.
"A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive" by John Stuart Mill
Object + subject, thing + me, is the only possible knowable.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
I still demand, therefore, an objective, knowable God before I can love Him.
"What and Where is God?" by Richard La Rue Swain
This is much more human and knowable, with a deep breast and massive limbs, a powerful mountain-body.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
If you say there is a thing not-knowable, how do you know it?
"The philosophy of B*rtr*nd R*ss*ll" by Various
Unum still remains Unum, knowable, and different from other things.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume III (of 4)" by George Grote
This word is now usually understood as denoting what is fixed, permanent, unalterable, knowable beforehand.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume IV (of 4)" by George Grote
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In poetry:

Toward the great jewel: shown often,
Never given; hidden, yet
Simultaneously seen
On moor-top, at sea-bottom,
Knowable only by light
"The Great Carbuncle" by Sylvia Plath
To know the moon as we have never known
yet she is knowable.
To know a man as we have never known
a man, as never yet a man was knowable, yet still shall be.
"If You are a Man" by D H Lawrence
He who is at once the high and low,
The sinner and the saint,
Both God and worm,
Him worship — visible, knowable, real, omnipresent,
Break all other idols!
"The Living God" by Swami Vivekananda

In news:

Ignore knowable knowns at your own peril.
James Gleick's heady 'The Information' traffics in our drive to master the knowable .
James Gleick's heady 'The Information' traffics in our drive to master the knowable.
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In science:

On the other hand, we now know that having only a few dynamical elements in the system does not insure predictability or knowability.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
We associate complexity with disorder, which is to say with limited knowability, and order with simplicity or absolute knowability.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
This rather comfortable separation into the complex and the simple, or the knowable and the unknowable, in the physical sciences will be shown to breakdown once a rigorous definition of entropy is adopted and applied outside the restricted domain of thermodynamics, in spite of Shr¨odinger’s best efforts.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Consequently, as the knowability of the system increases due to ∆ST < 0 and the knowability of the environment decreases due to ∆SE < 0, indicating that the negentropy extracted from the environment to enhance the order of the system increases the disorder of the environment.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
It is possible to extract the new pieces of information from a message of which the ma jority of the content is already known, and therefore it is useful for separating the knowable from the known.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
For this reason we shall subsequently return to an extended discussion of the influence of quantum uncertainty on macroscopic knowability.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Plotnitsky, A.: The Knowable and Unknowable: Modern Science, Nonclassical Thought, and the “Two Cultures.” Univ.
Parallelism of quantum computations from prequantum classical statistical field theory (PCSFT)
Science accepts the big bang based on data, even though we can't go back to witness it, i.e. a conjecture about an unknowable cause was resolved by knowable world data. If science can resolve the steady state vs. big bang hypothesis contrast, it can resolve the objective vs. vir tual reality contrast.
The emergence of the physical world from information processing
To do this we need only examine with an open mind a knowable world that: “… has some impor tant and surprising things to say about itself.” (Wilczek, 2008) (p3).
The emergence of the physical world from information processing
They are only knowable through mathematical formulation.
Classification of Multivector Theories and the Modification of the Postulates of Physics
I obtain the realization of Expression B, Eqs.(5), in terms of knowables in the KM framework.
Phase Direct CP Violations and General Mixing Matrices
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