feasible

adjective
fea·​si·​ble | \ ˈfē-zə-bəl How to pronounce feasible (audio) \

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

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Other Words from feasible

feasibility \ ˌfē-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce feasibility (audio) \ noun
feasibly \ ˈfē-​zə-​blē How to pronounce feasibly (audio) \ adverb
feasibleness noun

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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 and Doable

Feasible comes from faire, the French verb meaning “to do.” Doable and feasible therefore originally meant literally the same thing: “capable of being done.” Indeed, doable was formed with -able, the Latin-derived French ending meaning “capable of” combined, in this instance, with do, a word with roots in Old English and one of the most basic and useful of our verbs. Though their respective etymological meanings may overlap, doable and feasible exist more in parallel with each other than as true synonyms. As with most such pairs of words, the Latin-derived term is used when describing more abstract notions. The words most commonly modified by feasible include:

option

alternative

solution

plan

approach

These are words that describe what has yet to be decided or what will be carefully considered. By contrast, doable modifies more concrete terms:

task

thing

target

Feasible is used when an element of abstraction, distance, and technical specificity is needed. The more earthy doable is rarely used in formal writing, and is not found in the works of Shakespeare, the King James Bible, or any of the founding documents of the United States.

This abstract use of feasible also accounts for the word that expresses a putative, conceptual, or hypothetical state: feasibility. Indeed, we frequently encounter “feasibility study” but not “doability study” (although doability is a word that is sometimes used, it hasn’t yet been added to most dictionaries). As long as something is just an idea, it’s feasible. When it’s time for action, we need to find out if it’s doable.

Examples of feasible in a Sentence

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 … 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 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 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 looking for a feasible way to create new jobs would it be feasible to build a cabin in so short a time?
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The city has long said that the maintenance costs are excessive, and that renovation isn’t feasible. al.com, "Civic Center project pitches come to focus: ‘We are looking for an attraction’," 30 June 2019 Panuru, Perry, and Matthews had already discussed the Balcony as an alternative site for the weather station in the event reaching the summit wasn’t feasible. National Geographic, "Inside the Everest expedition that built the world’s highest weather station," 27 June 2019 The alternative — building new housing for working families — isn’t feasible. Barry Bluestone, BostonGlobe.com, "Finally — the tiny apartments that millennials need," 13 June 2019 Replacements are needed in both cases, but not always feasible under the constraints of NBA rules. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The Warriors, NBA Free Agency and What Comes Next," 28 June 2019 Her biggest challenge is to explain how her panoply of policy plans is financially and politically feasible. Jennifer Rubin, The Denver Post, "Rubin: Who’s rising, who’s falling and who’s invisible," 24 June 2019 However, a major tax overhaul may not be politically feasible. The Economist, "Business, tax and regulationMany people are moving from California to Texas," 21 June 2019 Deepening the problem, Boeing currently has no feasible response to the XLR either. Phil Boucher, Fortune, "Boeing's Stunning Moment of Redemption," 21 June 2019 Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob has been open about his willingness to spend the necessary money to keep the team’s core together, however, and the revenue the Chase Center is expected to generate makes such a payroll quite feasible. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors expected to offer injured Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson full max contracts," 14 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'feasible.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of feasible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feasible

Middle English faisible, feseable, borrowed from Anglo-French fesable, faisable, from fais-, stem of faire "to make, do" (going back to Latin facere) + -able -able — more at fact

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feasible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of feasible

: possible to do

feasible

adjective
fea·​si·​ble | \ ˈfē-zə-bəl How to pronounce feasible (audio) \

Kids Definition of feasible

: possible to do or accomplish a feasible goal

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