[doo-uh-buh l]


capable of being done.

Origin of doable

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at do1, -able Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doable

Contemporary Examples of doable

Historical Examples of doable

  • I'd ruther think He can do what's doable an' know what's knowable.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller

  • Very well, then, you may count on us to do our part if it's doable.

  • But death was slow to attack the valorous braves while the doable lay largely extended before them.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • I was consequently left alone with the children, and had a doable portion of work to do.

    Life in the Backwoods

    Susanna Moodie

British Dictionary definitions for doable



capable of being done; practical
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Word Origin and History for doable

mid-15c., from do (v.) + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper