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  1. capable of or being of service; useful.
  2. wearing well; durable: serviceable cloth.
  3. capable of being used, worn, cleaned, repaired, etc., easily.
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Origin of serviceable

1300–50; service1 + -able; replacing Middle English servisable < Middle French
Related formsserv·ice·a·bil·i·ty, serv·ice·a·ble·ness, nounserv·ice·a·bly, adverbnon·serv·ice·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·serv·ice·a·ble, adjectivenon·serv·ice·a·ble·ness, nounnon·serv·ice·a·bly, adverbun·ser·vice·a·ble, adjectiveun·ser·vice·a·ble·ness, nounun·ser·vice·a·bly, adverb


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  1. capable of or ready for service; usable
  2. capable of giving good service; durable
  3. archaic diligent in service
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Derived Formsserviceability or serviceableness, nounserviceably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for serviceable


"ready to do service," early 14c., from Old French servicable, from servise (see service (n.1)). Related: Serviceability.

Edgar: I know thee well: a serviceable villain,
As duteous to the vices of thy mistress
As badness would desire.
["King Lear," Act IV, Scene vi]
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