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 At present, the only practicable approach is correction by mitochondrial replacement. Stephen S. Hall, Wired, 11 Mar. 2021 This means that comparing all possible routes is not a practicable algorithm. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2022 While not technically in Arctic waters, Nome has been identified by Corps officials as the most practicable northern location for harboring large vessels in Western Alaska. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Jan. 2022 Mostly the desire for flexibility: 76% want the freedom to work remotely and 93% the freedom to work on their own schedules (presumably, in both cases, when practicable). Deborah Lovich, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Districts will respect communities of interest, neighborhoods, and political subdivisions, like cities and counties, to the extent practicable. Mike Cason |, al, 31 July 2021 Cyclists on the road should remain as far to the right as is practicable. John Pana, cleveland, 26 July 2021 The first few nuclear aircraft may not use the delta, but Ohlinger expects that in the long run it will be found to be the most practicable. Thomas E. Stimson, Popular Mechanics, 15 July 2021 Not for the campers, but employees, to the greatest extent practicable, must wear face coverings when interacting with campers and guests. al, 2 July 2020 See More

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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 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of practicable

: possible to do or put into practice a practicable plan

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