[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

Examples from the Web for workable

Contemporary Examples of workable

Historical Examples of workable

  • A workable knowledge; I can write about one hundred words a minute.

  • Of course we may not be able to come to a workable arrangement.

  • It would have been easier to appraise had there been a workable alternative.

    End of the Tether

    Joseph Conrad

  • Beside exercises a boy should have simple, workable rules for living.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • It may be planted as soon as the ground is in workable condition.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

British Dictionary definitions for workable



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

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

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