[nav-i-guh-buh l]
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  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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for navigable

passable, accessible, open, safe

Examples from the Web for navigable

Contemporary Examples of navigable

  • This one literally takes up four corners on Rue Sherbrooke, all navigable via underground routes.

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Historical Examples of navigable

British Dictionary definitions for navigable


  1. wide, deep, or safe enough to be sailed on or througha navigable channel
  2. 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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