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 operability (audio) \ noun
operably \ ˈä-​pə-​rə-​blē How to pronounce operably (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 Fitzgerald said those facilities must have operable generators or a plan in place to have a generator on site to work the air-conditioning systems. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian: Gov. Ron DeSantis says brace for outages as Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings vows, ‘We’re ready’," 30 Aug. 2019 Since 1988, the Pere Marquette 1225 has been in operable condition. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "All aboard: Experience fall colors on these historic trains in Michigan," 11 Aug. 2019 Airbus says it will be connected and operable with a wide variety of aircraft, satellites, NATO systems as well as land and naval combat systems. Fox News, "France, Germany sign European jet fighter deal," 17 June 2019 Airbus says it will be connected and operable with a wide variety of aircraft, satellites, NATO systems as well as land and naval combat systems. Washington Post, "France, Germany sign European jet fighter deal," 17 June 2019 The second and third blessings were the fact that Atchley’s AVM came to the surface at such an early age and that it was located in an operable part of his brain. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "From brain surgery to basehits, the remarkable journey of Bronco All-Star Maddox Atchley," 31 July 2019 Michelle Head, 72, had been stranded in her second-floor unit at the Honolulu Manor Senior Apartments beginning on Thursday, May 23, the day the complex’s only operable elevator gave out. Lila Seidman, latimes.com, "Elevator at a Montrose senior home is running, but not up to code, nearly 2 weeks after breaking," 4 June 2019 Many of the ticketed cars were parked and hadn't been operated or operable in several years. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Dallas police officer allegedly wrote fake tickets to parked cars," 27 June 2019 Once operable, officials could access the feasibility of expanding the system. Greg Larose, nola.com, "Jefferson landfill odor fix could take several months, cost millions," 20 June 2019

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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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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 operability (audio) \ noun, plural operabilities

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