or pro·gram·a·ble

[proh-gram-uh-buh l, proh-gram-]
  1. an electronic device, as a calculator or telephone, that can be programmed to perform specific tasks.

Origin of programmable

First recorded in 1955–60; program + -able
Related formspro·gram·ma·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pro·gram·ma·ble, adjectivere·pro·gram·ma·ble, adjectiveun·pro·gram·ma·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (esp of a device or operation) capable of being programmed for automatic operation or computer processing
Derived Formsprogrammability, noun
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Word Origin and History for programmable

1959, from program (v.) + -able.

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