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[op-er-uh-buh l, op-ruh-]
  1. that can be treated by a surgical operation.Compare inoperable(def 2).
  2. capable of being put into use, operation, or practice.
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Origin of operable

1640–50; < Late Latin operābilis, equivalent to operā(rī) to work + -bilis -ble
Related formsop·er·a·bil·i·ty, nounop·er·a·bly, adverbnon·op·er·a·ble, adjective
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Historical Examples of operability

  • This substantial form is the completion, perfection, in operability and existence, of the matter that receives it.

    The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation

    Austin O'Malley

British Dictionary definitions for operability


  1. capable of being treated by a surgical operation
  2. capable of being operated
  3. capable of being put into practice
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Derived Formsoperability, nounoperably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for operability



1640s, "practicable," from operate + -able, or else from Late Latin operabilis. Surgical sense, "capable of treatment by operation," recorded by 1904. Related: Operability.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

operability in Medicine


(ŏpər-ə-bəl, ŏprə-)
  1. Being treatable by surgical operation with a reasonable degree of safety and chance of success.
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Related formsop′er•a•bili•ty n.
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