[ 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.

Origin of practicable

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

Related forms

Can be confused

possible practicable practical (see synonym study at possible)

Synonym study

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

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British Dictionary definitions for practicable


/ (ˈpræktɪkəbəl) /


capable of being done; feasible

Derived Forms

practicability or practicableness, nounpracticably, adverb

Word Origin for practicable

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


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