practicable

adjective
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

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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He is drawn to fantastical objects rather than to practicable policies. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson," 13 June 2019 Still, at the very least, there’s a good bit of policy work ahead for this (politically central) element of the plan to become practicable legislation. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Accordingly, when engaging in SIGINT collection, the Agency should conduct targeted SIGINT collection activities rather than bulk SIGINT collection activities when practicable. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?," 21 Nov. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce practicable (audio) \

Kids Definition of practicable

: possible to do or put into practice a practicable plan

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