[op-er-uh-buh l, op-ruh-]
Origin of operable
1640–50; < Late Latin operābilis, equivalent to operā(rī) to work + -bilis -ble
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- capable of being treated by a surgical operation
- capable of being operated
- capable of being put into practice
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Word Origin and History for operability
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Being treatable by surgical operation with a reasonable degree of safety and chance of success.
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