feasible

adjective fea·si·ble \ ˈfē-zə-bəl \

Definition of feasible

1 :capable of being done or carried out
  • a feasible plan
2 :capable of being used or dealt with successfully :suitable
3 :reasonable, likely
  • gave an explanation that seemed feasible enough

feasibility

play \ˌfē-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

feasibly

play \ˈfē-zə-blē\ adverb

Examples of feasible in a Sentence

  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. DiamondGuns, Germs, and Steel1997
  2. … there do not appear to be any remedies for this situation that are at once politically feasible and likely to work. —Richard A. PosnerTimes Literary Supplement1 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 EhrenreichUtne ReaderMay/June 1992
  4. The government has now made it feasible for tourists to spend as long as a month in the country … —Fred C. ShapiroNew Yorker22 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?

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Origin and Etymology of feasible

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

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


FEASIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

feasible

adjective

Definition of feasible for English Language Learners

  • : possible to do


FEASIBLE Defined for Kids

feasible

adjective fea·si·ble \ ˈfē-zə-bəl \

Definition of feasible for Students

:possible to do or accomplish
  • a feasible goal


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