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wearable

[wair-uh-buh l] /ˈwɛər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being worn; appropriate, suitable, or ready for wearing:
old shoes that are still wearable.
2.
relating to or noting a computer or advanced electronic device that is incorporated into an accessory worn on the body or an item of clothing: wearable gadgets embedded in fabric;
a wearable heart-rate sensor.
noun
3.
Usually, wearables. something that may be worn or carried on the body, as an item of clothing:
high-fashion wearables.
Origin of wearable
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; wear + -able
Related forms
unwearable, adjective
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  • Her habit was a little too tight for her, but wearable enough.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • Before we had washed them, they had been very, very dirty, it is true; but they were just wearable.

    Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome
  • In Tipperary they call the old-fashioned wig 'Dwyer's wearable.'

  • These consisted of thin cotton things for the summer, and, when wearable, were of considerable use.

    A Kut Prisoner

    H. C. W. Bishop
  • The pants should be of Mackinaw which is warm, wearable, and to a certain extent water repellent.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
British Dictionary definitions for wearable

wearable

/ˈwɛərəbəl/
adjective
1.
suitable for wear or able to be worn
noun
2.
(often pl) any garment that can be worn
Derived Forms
wearability, noun
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