[wur-kuh-buh l]


practicable or feasible: He needs a workable schedule.
capable of or suitable for being worked.

Origin of workable

First recorded in 1535–45; work + -able
Related formswork·a·bil·i·ty, work·a·ble·ness, nounun·work·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·work·a·ble, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for workability

usefulness, expediency, utility, workability

Examples from the Web for workability

Historical Examples of workability

  • Opinions vary as to the workability of this clause in the shape in which it left the Lords.

    Social Transformations of the Victorian Age

    T. H. S. (Thomas Hay Sweet) Escott

  • Mankind has gone into these experiments hopefully, trustingly, blindly, without any guarantee of their workability.

    The Next Step

    Scott Nearing

British Dictionary definitions for workability



practicable or feasible
able to be worked
Derived Formsworkability or workableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for workability



1540s, from work (v.) + -able. Related: Workably.

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