- capable of or being of service; useful.
- wearing well; durable: serviceable cloth.
- capable of being used, worn, cleaned, repaired, etc., easily.
Origin of serviceable
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1. effective, usable, functional.
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Examples from the Web for serviceability
On the other hand, its serviceability is much diminished by the special opportunities it gives a few individuals.The Promise Of American Life
Herbert David Croly
It must be admitted that the leather-covered books have the appearance of strength and serviceability, but not of beauty.Library Bookbinding
Arthur Low Bailey
Experience in the use of these volumes only emphasizes their serviceability, attractiveness and cheapness.
The ground of survival in the selective process is fitness for pecuniary gain, not fitness for serviceability at large.
By and large, the measure of their serviceability for his ends is the measure of their technological competency.
- capable of or ready for service; usable
- capable of giving good service; durable
- archaic diligent in service
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Word Origin and History for serviceability
"ready to do service," early 14c., from Old French servicable, from servise (see service (n.1)). Related: Serviceability.
Edgar: I know thee well: a serviceable villain,
As duteous to the vices of thy mistress
As badness would desire.
["King Lear," Act IV, Scene vi]
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