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

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 The building's smoke alarms were operable at the time of the blaze, according to the New York City Fire Department. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 10 Jan. 2022 Inside, there are bifold French doors and once-stationary French doors made operable with cremone bolts. oregonlive, 15 Nov. 2021 In some cases, the technology has even led to people being taken out of scanners and into operating theaters before neurosurgeons have reviewed their scans because the algorithm has predicted the presence of an operable occlusion. Martin Giles, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The review board also recommends that San Diego Central Jail staff only use cells with operable cameras, unless all cells with working cameras are already being used. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2021 Such protections are operable regardless of whether employees are unionized. Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 For a time, Western Union was not operable and sending money back is hard. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 Speaking to reporters on Friday, Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie A. Bridgett said that 30-year-old Alexandra Souverneva of Palo Alto, Calif. had been found with an operable lighter in her pocket. Julia Musto, Fox News, 25 Sep. 2021 The only stipulation: Things have to work – clothes usable and appliances operable. Hillary Chura, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Aug. 2021

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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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23 Jan 2022

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“Operable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operable. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of operable

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


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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