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[uh-poh-zuh-buh l] /əˈpoʊ zə bəl/

capable of being placed to something else:
the opposable thumb of primates.
capable of being resisted, fought, or .
capable of being opposed
Also apposable. (of the thumb of primates, esp man) capable of being moved into a position facing the other digits so as to be able to touch the ends of each
capable of being placed opposite something else

1660s, “capable of being withstood,” from oppose + -able. In reference to human thumbs, from 1833. Related: Opposability.


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