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operable

[ op-er-uh-buhl, op-ruh- ]
/ ˈɒp ər ə bəl, ˈɒp rə- /
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adjective
that can be treated by a surgical operation. Compare inoperable (def. 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() to work + -bilis-ble

OTHER WORDS FROM operable

op·er·a·bil·i·ty, nounop·er·a·bly, adverbnon·op·er·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for operable

operable
/ (ˈɒpərəbəl, ˈɒprə-) /

adjective
capable of being treated by a surgical operation
capable of being operated
capable of being put into practice

Derived forms of operable

operability, nounoperably, adverb
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Medical definitions for operable

operable
[ ŏpər-ə-bəl, ŏprə- ]

adj.
Being treatable by surgical operation with a reasonable degree of safety and chance of success.

Other words from operable

op′er•a•bili•ty n.
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