- 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 serviceable
The Soviet Union had a serviceable ideology, communism, which appealed to people all over the world.Watch RT, Putin's TV Network, Call the Cops on Me
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Most of the clips online that show Corden singing are tongue-in-cheek, though his voice does come off as serviceable.‘Into the Woods’ Cast: Grading the Singing of Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp & More
July 25, 2013
As a means of fixing the fundamental problem of adapting Gatsby, the conceit does a serviceable job of correcting a deficit.The Great Gatsby: Book Versus Movie
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But Mr. Thoreau was equipped with a most adapted and serviceable body.
Would you were anything half so serviceable to the community, Sir!
These women are very obedient and serviceable to their husbands.Sir Francis Drake's Famous Voyage Round the World
He showed himself noble and generous, serviceable and loving.Therese Raquin
If applied in a pure state, without the sand, it will be serviceable in cleaning oil paintings, and similar articles of furniture.
- 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 serviceable
"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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper