navigable

adjective
nav·​i·​ga·​ble | \ ˈna-vi-gə-bəl How to pronounce navigable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce navigable (audio) \ noun
navigably \ ˈna-​vi-​gə-​blē How to pronounce navigable (audio) \ adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web At the request of Fort McNair, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — responsible for maintaining the nation’s navigable waterways — is proposing a perimeter extending up to 150 meters at its widest point. Washington Post, "The Army wants water restrictions near the Wharf. Residents and D.C. leaders call it an overreach.," 21 Dec. 2020 Previously, the burden was on the developer to show that a wetland had no connection to or impact on navigable waters. Beth Burger, USA TODAY, "Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues," 31 Oct. 2020 The parts of the river that were navigable, for instance, were legally separate from the parts that were not. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "This river in New Zealand is legally a person. Here's how it happened," 11 Dec. 2020 Previously, the burden was on the developer to show that a wetland had no connection to or impact on navigable waters. Beth Burger, USA TODAY, "Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues," 31 Oct. 2020 Designed with a durable ballistic nylon exterior, the Packing Case expertly resists moisture, abrasions, and wear of any kind, all while remaining lightweight and easily navigable. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "This Expandable Suitcase Is 60% Off This Cyber Monday — and It Has a Pocket for Everything," 28 Nov. 2020 Previously, the burden was on the developer to show that a wetland had no connection to or impact on navigable waters. Beth Burger, USA TODAY, "Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues," 31 Oct. 2020 The home-sharing platform’s ability to resuscitate to profitability and proceed with an impending public offering show how unpredictable—and yet ultimately navigable—this year has proven for some companies. Preetika Rana, WSJ, "Airbnb IPO Filing Shows Profitable Quarter After Deep Cuts," 16 Nov. 2020 Previously, the burden was on the developer to show that a wetland had no connection to or impact on navigable waters. Beth Burger, USA TODAY, "Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues," 31 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of navigable

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

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“Navigable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/navigable. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for navigable

navigable

adjective
How to pronounce navigable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of navigable

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

navigable

adjective
nav·​i·​ga·​ble | \ ˈna-vi-gə-bəl How to pronounce navigable (audio) \

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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