op·er·a·ble | \ˈä-p(ə-)rə-bəl \

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 \ noun
operably \ˈä-pə-rə-blē \ 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

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The main lobby includes a full-service complimentary coffee bar and 63-foot-by-9-foot living green wall, as well as a town hall space with an open layout of conference rooms with operable partitions and bleacher seating for large events. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Rebrands to BSE Global," 7 June 2018 Drones, as of now operable only by humans, tell us what humans find visually interesting. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "How Drones Are Revolutionizing the Way Film and Television Is Made," 31 May 2018 The Madras Maiden, one of only about a dozen surviving operable B-17 Flying Fortresses, will take off on the hour from the Signature Flight Support terminal, 10 N.W. Richards Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seats are limited. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Memorial Day events: Celebration at the Station, B-17 flights, WWI museum activities | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 The Army’s current approach is to field more inter-operable robots with a common chassis, allowing different sensors and payloads to be attached, along with standardized controllers for various platforms, said McVeigh, a retired Army colonel. Bloomberg, Fortune, "The U.S. Army Is Planning New, More Complex Battlefield Robots," 18 May 2018 Tesla's growing pains with the Model X have been well documented, and Musk has been candid about challenges with the SUV's doors and independently operable second-row seats. Dana Hull, chicagotribune.com, "Tesla Model X fails to meet expectations," 26 May 2017 Schumer acknowledged Tuesday that the offer was no longer operable. Washington Post, "Schumer has rescinded offer to Trump on border wall funding," 23 Jan. 2018 Sometimes called smart guns or biometric locks, the technology uses fingerprints of gun owners to make the weapon operable. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Common Ground pushing for smart gun technology to reduce firearms violence," 29 Apr. 2018 The number was based on the 15,000-acre operable timber estimate. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Mat-Su floats major new timber venture. But is it too good to be true?," 8 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of operable

: able to be used : capable of operating or of being operated

medical : able to be corrected or removed by surgery


op·er·a·ble | \ˈäp-(ə-)rə-bəl \

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 \ noun plural -ties

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