nav·i·ga·ble | \ˈna-vi-gə-bəl \

Definition of navigable 

1a : deep enough and wide enough to afford passage to ships navigable waterways

b : capable of being navigated navigable terrain

2 : capable of being steered

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Other Words from navigable

navigability \ˌna-vi-gə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
navigably \ˈna-vi-gə-blē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for navigable


negotiable, passable


impassable (also impassible), unnegotiable, unpassable

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Examples of navigable in a Sentence

The marsh was navigable only by canoe. this map shows which rivers are navigable and which aren't

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Schuett Farms Highway 83 and Road X, Mukwonago 262-968-4348 Pumpkin picking, smartphone-navigable corn maze and hayrides. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2017 Guide to fall fun in metro Milwaukee," 28 Aug. 2017 In March, Kevin Pearson, a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, introduced a bill making clear that the state’s navigable water bodies are public property. Christopher Flavelle,, "The Fighting Has Begun Over Who Owns Land Drowned by Climate Change," 25 Apr. 2018 If the property is unfenced and uncultivated, it must be posted at all corners, and boundaries that intersect navigable streams, roads, gates and rights of way, or posted in a way that a reasonable person would know it’s private property. Eric Barker, idahostatesman, "Headed outdoors? Make sure you know about Idaho's new trespassing law," 9 July 2018 For some, the road to professional success is winding but ultimately navigable. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "An Exclusive Club at Wimbledon: Champions as Juniors and Adults," 5 July 2018 His raps are his own, but Zaytoven’s production, on both Beast Mode and Beast Mode 2, refracts the most sinuous of Future’s struggles and renders them more navigable. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 The state supports Sturgeon's bid to determine state authority over navigable waters within Alaska conservation units, according to a statement issued Monday. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. Supreme Court agrees to reconsider case of Alaska moose hunter and his hovercraft," 18 June 2018 The layout remained similar to last year's and navigable, save for the long lines at the festival's free water station. Althea Legaspi,, "Spring Awakening finds its groove and adds a message," 5 June 2018 Residents are peeved that unsightly bikes are clogging up sidewalks, parks, and driveways, making the streets less navigable for pedestrians and annoying local businesses. Mark Harris, WIRED, "The Bike Share War Is Shaking Up Seattle Like Nowhere Else," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of navigable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of navigable was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of navigable

: deep and wide enough for boats and ships to travel on or through : capable of being navigated


nav·i·ga·ble | \ˈna-vi-gə-bəl \

Kids Definition of navigable

1 : deep enough and wide enough to permit passage of ships a navigable river

2 : possible to steer a navigable balloon

Other Words from navigable

navigability \ˌna-vi-gə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun

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