prac·​ti·​ca·​ble | \ ˈprak-ti-kə-bəl How to pronounce practicable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce practicability (audio) \ noun
practicableness \ ˈprak-​ti-​kə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce practicableness (audio) \ noun
practicably \ ˈprak-​ti-​kə-​blē How to pronounce practicably (audio) \ adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web A few thousand pages in the Federal Register can make renewable energy cheap and practicable, increase everyone’s salary — and, most miraculous of all, make children eat their vegetables. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 23 Jan. 2020 Physical inspections must be recorded in the appropriate electronic system(s) of record as soon as practicable. Robert Moore, ProPublica, "Inside the Cell Where a Sick 16-Year-Old Boy Died in Border Patrol Care," 8 Dec. 2019 Government capture The third discipline is that governments need to take steps to make negative emissions practicable at scale. The Economist, "Climate change The necessity of pulling carbon dioxide out of the air," 7 Dec. 2019 Airports try to be good neighbors and reduce the noise as much as practicable. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Can pilots request a different runway? How do they train for new airports?," 14 Nov. 2019 Snow which falls or accumulates between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. shall be removed as soon as practicable, but no later than 10 p.m. of the same day. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Neighbors not shoveling their sidewalks? Chicago says to give the city a call.," 13 Nov. 2019 Both state and federal managers have worked for years to harmonize their disparate rules as much as practicable. Julie Cart, The Mercury News, "Demise of key environment bill could escalate California’s water wars," 20 Sep. 2019 The law says that drivers blocking faster traffic to the point of causing traffic hazard on freeways and state highways with more than one lane in each direction must move to the right lane when practicable or risk being pulled over and ticketed. Dana Ferguson, Twin Cities, "Beware ‘slowpokes’ in the left lane, Minnesota state law to change Aug. 1," 29 July 2019 Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. Martin Finucane,, "How far back does concern about foreign influence in the US go? All the way back," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of practicable

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Practicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of practicable

: able to be done or used


prac·​ti·​ca·​ble | \ ˈprak-ti-kə-bəl How to pronounce practicable (audio) \

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: possible to do or put into practice a practicable plan

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