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 practicable (audio) \ noun
practicableness \ ˈprak-​ti-​kə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce practicable (audio) \ noun
practicably \ ˈprak-​ti-​kə-​blē How to pronounce practicable (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 Unfortunately, whatever its virtues, a reinstitution of the draft is neither practicable nor consistent with the deeper military traditions of the American experience. WSJ, "Hard to See Something Like the Draft Again," 26 Nov. 2020 With high population density and communal prayer and learning playing a central role, distancing is less practicable. Sam Sokol,, "In Israel, some journalists are attacked covering haredi Orthodox communities," 28 Oct. 2020 If the potential Winner is determined to be ineligible, Sponsor in its discretion may disqualify that Candidate and select an alternate Winner applying the criteria set forth above as soon as reasonably practicable after such disqualification., "Harford Magazine’s Best of Harford Readers’ Choice Poll: Official Rules," 22 Oct. 2020 This was an obvious starting point and yet has not proved useful or practicable information for many people and most countries. WSJ, "Your Covid Cribsheet, Updated," 29 Sep. 2020 The best practices list is extensive, including reducing density in housing as much as possible, considering remote learning options wherever practicable and incorporating flexible course scheduling and multiple delivery options. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Read Ohio’s state guidelines for reopening colleges during the coronavirus pandemic," 9 July 2020 Yes, to the greatest extent practicable for all employees when in regular interaction within six feet of children and guests. al, "Mobile releases FAQ sheet on mask ordinance," 2 July 2020 Under state law, Virginia’s included, courts can modify gift conditions when fulfilling them is no longer possible or practicable. Allison Anna Tait, The Conversation, "Latest legal hurdle to removing Confederate statues in Virginia: The wishes of their long-dead white donors," 19 June 2020 An entertainment venue shall take reasonable steps, where practicable, to regularly disinfect frequently used items and surfaces. Mary Colurso |, al, "Entertainment venues in Jefferson County can reopen under state guidelines," 9 June 2020

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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 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of practicable

: able to be done or used


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Kids Definition of practicable

: possible to do or put into practice a practicable plan

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