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operable

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adjective op·er·a·ble \ˈä-p(ə-)rə-bəl\

Simple Definition of operable

  • : able to be used : capable of operating or of being operated

  • medical : able to be corrected or removed by surgery

Full Definition of operable

  1. 1 :  fit, possible, or desirable to use :  practicable

  2. 2 :  likely to result in a favorable outcome upon surgical treatment <an operable cancer>

op·er·a·bil·i·ty play \ˌä-p(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
op·er·a·bly play \ˈä-pə-rə-blē\ adverb

Examples of operable

  1. The radio is operable without the car running.

  2. <the historic wooden ship has been fully restored and is once again an operable seafaring vessel>



1646

First Known Use of operable

1646


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operable

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adjective op·er·a·ble \ˈäp-(ə-)rə-bəl\

Medical Definition of operable

  1. 1:  fit, possible, or desirable to use

  2. 2:  likely to result in a favorable outcome upon surgical treatment

  3. op·er·a·bil·i·ty \ˌäp-(ə-)rə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun, plural op·er·a·bil·i·ties




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