[ nav-i-guh-buh l ]
/ ˈnæv ɪ gə bəl /


deep and wide enough to provide passage to ships: a navigable channel.
capable of being steered or guided, as a ship, aircraft, or missile.


Nearby words

  1. navicular,
  2. navicular abdomen,
  3. navicular fossa of urethra,
  4. navicular fossa of vestibule of vagina,
  5. navig.,
  6. navigable semicircle,
  7. navigate,
  8. navigation,
  9. navigation act,
  10. navigation acts

Origin of navigable

1520–30; < Latin nāvigābilis, equivalent to nāvigā(re) to sail (see navigate) + -bilis -ble

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British Dictionary definitions for navigable


/ (ˈnævɪɡəbəl) /


wide, deep, or safe enough to be sailed on or througha navigable channel
capable of being steered or controlleda navigable raft
Derived Formsnavigability or navigableness, nounnavigably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for navigable



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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