[ prak-ti-kuh-buhl ]
/ ˈpræk tɪ kə bəl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. pr0n,
  2. pra,
  3. pracharak,
  4. practic,
  5. practicability,
  6. practical,
  7. practical art,
  8. practical effect,
  9. practical imperative,
  10. practical joke

Origin of practicable

1660–70; < Medieval Latin practic(āre) to practice + -able

Related forms
Can be confusedpossible practicable practical (see synonym study at possible)

Synonym study

1. See possible. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for practicable

British Dictionary definitions for practicable


/ (ˈpræktɪkəbəl) /


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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