Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

feasible

play
adjective fea·si·ble \ˈfē-zə-bəl\

Simple Definition of feasible

  • : possible to do

Full Definition of feasible

  1. 1 :  capable of being done or carried out <a feasible plan>

  2. 2 :  capable of being used or dealt with successfully :  suitable

  3. 3 :  reasonable, likely

fea·si·bil·i·ty play \ˌfē-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
fea·si·bly play \ˈfē-zə-blē\ adverb

Examples of feasible

  1. Egyptian hieroglyphics … are also usually assumed to be the product of independent invention, but the alternative interpretation of idea diffusion is more feasible than in the case of Chinese writing. —Jared M. Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel, 1997

  2. … there do not appear to be any remedies for this situation that are at once politically feasible and likely to work. —Richard A. Posner, Times Literary Supplement, 1 Sept. 1995

  3. The '70s was the era in which it seemed more important, or more feasible, to reform our bodies than to change the world. —Barbara Ehrenreich, Utne Reader, May/June 1992

  4. The government has now made it feasible for tourists to spend as long as a month in the country … —Fred C. Shapiro, New Yorker, 22 Oct. 1990

  5. looking for a feasible way to create new jobs

  6. <would it be feasible to build a cabin in so short a time?>



Origin of feasible

Middle English faisible, from Anglo-French faisable, from fais-, stem of faire to make, do, from Latin facere — more at do


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of feasible

possible, practicable, feasible mean capable of being realized. possible implies that a thing may certainly exist or occur given the proper conditions <a possible route up the west face of the mountain>. practicable implies that something may be effected by available means or under current conditions <a solution that is not practicable in the time available>. feasible applies to what is likely to work or be useful in attaining the end desired <commercially feasible for mass production>.

Rhymes with feasible



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up feasible? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet kittly-benders spindrift pince-nez
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ