[op-er-uh-buh l, op-ruh-]
Origin of operable
1640–50; < Late Latin operābilis, equivalent to operā(rī) to work + -bilis -ble
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Examples from the Web for operable
In the second case the cancer is operable and the child is viable.
Their condition varies, but many are operable, or could easily be made so.
How could this principle be unified through all branches of science and reduced to an operable law?Queed
Henry Sydnor Harrison
In the first case the supposition is that the case is operable but the child inviable.
The Wrights' goal was an operable and reasonably lightweight unit to be obtained quickly and cheaply.
- capable of being treated by a surgical operation
- capable of being operated
- capable of being put into practice
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Word Origin and History for operable
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Being treatable by surgical operation with a reasonable degree of safety and chance of success.
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