operable

adjective op·er·a·ble \ ˈä-p(ə-)rə-bəl \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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

operability

play \ˌä-p(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

operably

play \ˈä-pə-rə-blē\ adverb

Examples of operable in a Sentence

  1. The radio is operable without the car running.

  2. the historic wooden ship has been fully restored and is once again an operable seafaring vessel

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Origin and Etymology of operable

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


OPERABLE Defined for English Language Learners

operable

adjective

Definition of operable for English Language Learners

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

  • medical : able to be corrected or removed by surgery


Medical Dictionary

operable

adjective 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

operability

play \ˌäp-(ə-)rə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties

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