practicable

adjective prac·ti·ca·ble \ ˈprak-ti-kə-bəl \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

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

practicability

play \ˌprak-ti-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

practicableness

play \ˈprak-ti-kə-bəl-nəs\ noun

practicably

play \ˈprak-ti-kə-blē\ adverb

Examples of practicable in a Sentence

  1. The idea is interesting but not practicable, I'm afraid.

  2. a solution that is not practicable in the time available to us

Recent Examples of practicable from the Web

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First Known Use of practicable

1893

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of 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

PRACTICABLE Defined for English Language Learners

practicable

Definition of practicable for English Language Learners

  • : able to be done or used


PRACTICABLE Defined for Kids

practicable

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

Definition of practicable for Students

: possible to do or put into practice
  • a practicable plan


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