practicable

adjective
prac·​ti·​ca·​ble | \ˈprak-ti-kə-bəl \

Definition of practicable 

1 : capable of being put into practice or of being done or accomplished : feasible a practicable plan

2 : capable of being used : usable a practicable weapon

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Other Words from practicable

practicability \ ˌprak-​ti-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
practicableness \ ˈprak-​ti-​kə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
practicably \ ˈprak-​ti-​kə-​blē \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for practicable

possible, practicable, feasible mean capable of being realized. possible implies that a thing may certainly exist or occur given the proper conditions. a possible route up the west face of the mountain practicable implies that something may be effected by available means or under current conditions. a solution that is not practicable in the time available feasible applies to what is likely to work or be useful in attaining the end desired. commercially feasible for mass production

Examples of practicable in a Sentence

The idea is interesting but not practicable, I'm afraid. a solution that is not practicable in the time available to us

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But tariff manipulation isn’t practicable in the current context, especially after China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization. Ling Chen, Washington Post, "How this trade war could backfire — in China’s favor," 25 June 2018 Where this is not possible or practicable, districts should be drawn in a way that permits the creation of practical voting precincts and that ensures that adequate facilities for polling places exists in each voting precinct. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land appoints redistricting committee, solicits public input," 14 June 2018 The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right. Una Mullally, The Cut, "The War Over Women’s Bodies in Ireland Is Here," 24 May 2018 The state acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Vote," 24 May 2018 If the idea of listening to music seems a lot more practicable to you than meditating, these findings are great news. Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: Is Listening to Music Good For Your Health?," 26 Apr. 2018 Theresa May in her statement tonight saying that there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Fox News, "Gorka on Syria strike: US is duty-bound to respond to Assad," 13 Apr. 2018 One involves tearing out the dead wood in the NCAA’s dated amateurism model, and re-imagining it as something more practicable in modern college sports. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Does college basketball want the change it says it seeks?," 25 Apr. 2018 The maps must also, to the extent practicable, have equal population, respect communities of interest and be geographically compact and contiguous. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Minority representation in Arizona Legislature could shrink under proposal, opponents say," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of practicable

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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practicable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of practicable

: able to be done or used

practicable

adjective
prac·​ti·​ca·​ble | \ˈprak-ti-kə-bəl \

Kids Definition of practicable

: possible to do or put into practice a practicable plan

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