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workable

[wur-kuh-buh l] /ˈwɜr kə bəl/
adjective
1.
practicable or feasible:
He needs a workable schedule.
2.
capable of or suitable for being worked.
Origin of workable
1535-1545
First recorded in 1535-45; work + -able
Related forms
workability, workableness, noun
unworkability, noun
unworkable, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for workability
Historical Examples
  • Opinions vary as to the workability of this clause in the shape in which it left the Lords.

    Social Transformations of the Victorian Age

    T. H. S. (Thomas Hay Sweet) Escott
  • Mankind has gone into these experiments hopefully, trustingly, blindly, without any guarantee of their workability.

    The Next Step

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British Dictionary definitions for workability

workable

/ˈwɜːkəbəl/
adjective
1.
practicable or feasible
2.
able to be worked
Derived Forms
workability, workableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for workability

workable

adj.

1540s, from work (v.) + -able. Related: Workably.

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