capable of being done, effected, or put into practice, with the available means; feasible: a practicable solution.
capable of being used: a practicable gift.
Theater. (of a stage property or part of a set) designed or constructed for actual use; a practicable window; practicable water faucets.

Origin of practicable

1660–70; < Medieval Latin practic(āre) to practice + -able
Related formsprac·ti·ca·bil·i·ty, prac·ti·ca·ble·ness, nounprac·ti·ca·bly, adverbnon·prac·ti·ca·bil·i·ty, nounnon·prac·ti·ca·ble, adjectivenon·prac·ti·ca·ble·ness, nounnon·prac·ti·ca·bly, adverb
Can be confusedpossible practicable practical (see synonym study at possible)

Synonyms for practicable

Synonym study

1. See possible.

Antonyms for practicable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for practicable

Contemporary Examples of practicable

Historical Examples of practicable

  • The mountain ranges at their backs possessed three practicable routes.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Tent-life in these mountain-sides is quite safe and practicable.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • In this case artificial fecundation by the syringe is practicable.

  • Next morning Watt began to put his scheme to the test and found it practicable.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • I'll come with you, if you'll find a practicable train; I'm going to Crawleigh.

British Dictionary definitions for practicable



capable of being done; feasible
Derived Formspracticability or practicableness, nounpracticably, adverb

Word Origin for practicable

C17: from French praticable, from pratiquer to practise; see practical


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Word Origin and History for practicable

1670s, from Middle French pratiquable (1590s), from pratiquer "to practice," from Medieval Latin practicare "to practice" (see practical). Related: practicableness (1640s).

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