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operable

[ op-er-uh-buhl, op-ruh- ]

adjective

  1. that can be treated by a surgical operation. Compare inoperable ( def 2 ).
  2. capable of being put into use, operation, or practice.


operable

/ ˈɒprə-; ˈɒpərəbəl /

adjective

  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 Forms

  • ˌoperaˈbility, noun
  • ˈoperably, adverb

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Other Words From

  • oper·a·bili·ty noun
  • oper·a·bly adverb
  • non·oper·a·ble adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of operable1

1640–50; < Late Latin operābilis, equivalent to operā ( ) to work + -bilis -ble

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Example Sentences

Many mechanically ventilated commercial buildings don’t have operable windows, and deep interior spaces often make natural ventilation ineffective.

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Tools are one-hand operable and lock into place, and the Signal comes in seven different colors.

The smooth two-way right-side zipper is operable ­with one hand for slick temperature regulation, and the stretchy hard-shell material is lightweight with seamless cuff reinforcements.

The Science Museum did have constructed from its own drawings a very fine replica which is completely operable at this time.

The Wrights' goal was an operable and reasonably lightweight unit to be obtained quickly and cheaply.

The case is not like that of the woman who has an operable cervical cancer while she is bearing an inviable fetus.

In the second case the cancer is operable and the child is viable.

I've got all steering stations manned, but only thirty percent of them are still operable.

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