operable

adjective
op·​er·​a·​ble | \ ˈä-p(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce operable (audio) \

Definition of operable

1 : fit, possible, or desirable to use : practicable
2 : likely to result in a favorable outcome upon surgical treatment an operable cancer

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Other Words from operable

operability \ ˌä-​p(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce operable (audio) \ noun
operably \ ˈä-​pə-​rə-​blē How to pronounce operable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of operable in a Sentence

The radio is operable without the car running. the historic wooden ship has been fully restored and is once again an operable seafaring vessel
Recent Examples on the Web Children complained to their parents that the school was too cold because the district ordered all operable windows to remain open, even during the cold. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, "Coping through COVID: Shaker Heights schoolteacher explains the stress and anxiety of in-person learning during the pandemic," 23 Dec. 2020 The phone industry is banking that longer-term initiatives such as OpenRAN -- a project to make mobile network equipment more inter-operable and encourage new suppliers -- will eventually introduce more competition. Thomas Seal, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Commits $333 Million to Help Carriers Replace Huawei 5G," 25 Nov. 2020 There are 33 operable nuclear reactors across the country that are not in use, all waiting for the final call from local officials to restart operation. Eric Margolis, The New Republic, "The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Put Japan’s Climate Policy in a Decade-Long Purgatory," 17 Nov. 2020 These days on the grounds, Michoud's levees have been raised 2-to-3 feet all around, and the pump house is remotely operable to boot. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "NASA versus Katrina: August 29, 2005," 7 Sep. 2020 Mission Control, features an operable Dutch-style spaceship door, a detachable slide, a flat-screen TV, a gaming system and gaming chairs that appeal to children and adults of all ages. Houston Chronicle, "HomeAid partners with Astros for Project Playhouse," 8 Aug. 2020 There is an elevator that is operable throughout the three floors. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Take a look at this massive three-story Tudor-style home on a double lot in Highland Park," 30 July 2020 And public tours, rides and exhibition interactives won't be available or operable. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, "Twelve Must-Sees at the Udvar-Hazy Center," 20 July 2020 Mission Control, features an operable Dutch-style spaceship door, a detachable slide, a flat screen TV, a gaming system and gaming chairs that appeals to children and adults of all ages. Houston Chronicle, "HomeAid, First America Homes to launch Playhouse," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of operable

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for operable

borrowed from Late Latin operābilis "active, efficacious," from operārī "to work, be efficacious" + Latin -ābilis -able — more at operate

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The first known use of operable was in 1646

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11 Jan 2021

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“Operable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operable. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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operable

adjective
How to pronounce operable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of operable

formal : able to be used : capable of operating or of being operated
medical : able to be corrected or removed by surgery

operable

adjective
op·​er·​a·​ble | \ ˈäp-(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce operable (audio) \

Medical Definition of operable

1 : fit, possible, or desirable to use
2 : likely to result in a favorable outcome upon surgical treatment

Other Words from operable

operability \ ˌäp-​(ə-​)rə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce operable (audio) \ noun, plural operabilities

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