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[pley-uh-buh l]
  1. capable of or suitable for being played.
  2. easy or pleasurable to play.
  3. (of ground) fit to be played on, as for a soccer game.
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Origin of playable

First recorded in 1475–85; play + -able
Related formsplay·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·play·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unplayable

Historical Examples

  • After that I must trust to the strength of the gut, for the fish would be unplayable.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

    C. J. Cornish

  • I now determined to send two—if necessary—fast ones to Wilbrooke on the chance that one might shoot and be unplayable.

  • Our mistuned and unplayable organs and pianofortes replaced by harmonious instruments, as manageable as barrel organs!

    An Unsocial Socialist

    George Bernard Shaw

British Dictionary definitions for unplayable


  1. not able to be playedan almost unplayable ball
  2. not able to be played onunplayable pitches
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