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[prak-ti-kuh-buh l] /ˈpræk tɪ kə bəl/
capable of being done, effected, or put into practice, with the available means; feasible:
a practicable solution.
capable of being used:
a practicable gift.
Theater. (of a stage property or part of a set) designed or constructed for actual use; a practicable window; practicable water faucets.
Origin of practicable
1660-70; < Medieval Latin practic(āre) to practice + -able
Related forms
practicability, practicableness, noun
practicably, adverb
nonpracticability, noun
nonpracticable, adjective
nonpracticableness, noun
nonpracticably, adverb
Can be confused
possible, practicable, practical (see synonym study at possible)
1. workable, achievable, attainable.
1. unfeasible.
Synonym Study
1. See possible. Unabridged
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  • The mountain ranges at their backs possessed three practicable routes.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Tent-life in these mountain-sides is quite safe and practicable.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • In this case artificial fecundation by the syringe is practicable.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Next morning Watt began to put his scheme to the test and found it practicable.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • I'll come with you, if you'll find a practicable train; I'm going to Crawleigh.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • "It's not enough that an idea is practicable," I pointed out.

  • To effect this, I see no way so practicable as dissolving the confederacy.

    Patrick Henry

    Moses Coit Tyler
British Dictionary definitions for practicable


capable of being done; feasible
Derived Forms
practicability, practicableness, noun
practicably, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French praticable, from pratiquer to practise; see practical
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Word Origin and History for practicable

1670s, from Middle French pratiquable (1590s), from pratiquer "to practice," from Medieval Latin practicare "to practice" (see practical). Related: practicableness (1640s).

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