deep and wide enough to provide passage to ships: a navigable channel.
capable of being steered or guided, as a ship, aircraft, or missile.
Origin of navigable
1520–30;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
< Latin nāvigābilis,
equivalent to nāvigā(re
) to sail (see navigate
) + -bilis -ble
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Examples from the Web for non-navigable
Historical Examples of non-navigable
First, the granting of water powers forever, either on non-navigable or navigable streams, must absolutely stop.
Water power on non-navigable streams usually results from dropping a little water a long way.
British Dictionary definitions for non-navigable
Derived Formsnavigability or navigableness, nounnavigably, adverb
wide, deep, or safe enough to be sailed on or througha navigable channel
capable of being steered or controlleda navigable raft
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Word Origin and History for non-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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