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navigable

[nav-i-guh-buh l]
adjective
  1. deep and wide enough to provide passage to ships: a navigable channel.
  2. capable of being steered or guided, as a ship, aircraft, or missile.
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Origin of navigable

1520–30; < Latin nāvigābilis, equivalent to nāvigā(re) to sail (see navigate) + -bilis -ble
Related formsnav·i·ga·bil·i·ty, nav·i·ga·ble·ness, nounnav·i·ga·bly, adverbnon·nav·i·ga·bil·i·ty, nounnon·nav·i·ga·ble, adjectivenon·nav·i·ga·ble·ness, nounnon·nav·i·ga·bly, adverbun·nav·i·ga·bil·i·ty, nounun·nav·i·ga·ble, adjectiveun·nav·i·ga·ble·ness, nounun·nav·i·ga·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for navigability

navigable

adjective
  1. wide, deep, or safe enough to be sailed on or througha navigable channel
  2. capable of being steered or controlleda navigable raft
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Derived Formsnavigability or navigableness, nounnavigably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for navigability

navigable

adj.

mid-15c., from Old French navigable (14c.) or directly from Latin navigabilis, from navigat-, past participle stem of navigare (see navigation). Related: Navigability.

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