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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English countable, equivalent to count (to enumerate) +‎ -able.

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countable (not comparable)

  1. Capable of being counted; having a quantity.
    Antonym: uncountable
  2. (mathematics, of a set) Finite or countably infinite; having a one-to-one correspondence (bijection) with a subset of the natural numbers.
  3. (mathematics, of a set) Countably infinite; having a bijection with the natural numbers.
    Synonym: denumerable
  4. (grammar, of a noun) Freely usable with the indefinite article and with numbers, and therefore having a plural form.
    • 2014, James Lambert, “Diachronic stability in Indian English lexis”, in World Englishes, page 112:
      In these extracts the word abuse is used in the sense of ‘an individual piece of invective’ or ‘an abusive comment’ and is clearly a countable noun.
    Antonym: uncountable

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The mathematics sense by which finite sets are countable is more common than the sense by which finite sets are not countable.

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