[ 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.

Origin of navigable

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

OTHER WORDS FROM navigable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for 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

/ (ˈnævɪɡəbəl) /


wide, deep, or safe enough to be sailed on or througha navigable channel
capable of being steered or controlleda navigable raft

Derived forms of navigable

navigability or navigableness, nounnavigably, adverb
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