[op-er-uh-buh l, op-ruh-]
capable of being put into use, operation, or practice.
Origin of operable
1640–50;Related formsop·er·a·bil·i·ty, nounop·er·a·bly, adverbnon·op·er·a·ble, adjective
< Late Latin operābilis,
equivalent to operā(rī
) to work + -bilis -ble
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Derived Formsoperability, nounoperably, adverb
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 operable
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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Related formsop′er•a•bil′i•ty n.
Being treatable by surgical operation with a reasonable degree of safety and chance of success.
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