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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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  • It may be seriously questioned, therefore, whether any increase in the income tax above the British rate is practicable.

  • If it was practicable, he wanted to get an idea of the approximate cost.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • We would be very sorry to see, even if it was practicable, our people leaving the cities en masse.

    Catholic Colonization in Minnesota Catholic Colonization Bureau of Minnesota
  • Thus was an opening made for negotiations should they be practicable.

  • But here, at Lame Gulch, he felt it incumbent upon him to enter as far as was practicable into the spirit of the piece.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • I explained my plan, and Mr. Jackson thought it was practicable.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • The river once crossed, they had only before them, from k to z, slopes which were practicable to debouch on the plateau of Chancy.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2 Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
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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