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

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Under Glendale’s building and safety code, any mechanical system on a property, including elevators, has to be operable, according to Assistant City Atty. 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 To expel hot air, use operable windows, rooftop vents or exhaust fans. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Greenhouse," 28 Jan. 2019 When the operable walls are open, the house is full of sunlight. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sliding walls open this modern house to the outdoors," 7 Nov. 2018 Once reoriented—and farther from the sun—the panel could be turned black to absorb more heat and keep its instruments in their operable temperature range. Bobak Ferdowsi, Popular Mechanics, "Why I Want To Put a Kindle in Space," 9 Aug. 2018 To that end, the bonnet is outfitted with both operable air vents and photovoltaic cells. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Most Ambitious Park in Russia," 25 July 2018 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

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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

formal : 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 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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