ser·​vice·​able | \ ˈsər-və-sə-bəl How to pronounce serviceable (audio) \

Definition of serviceable

2 : fit for use a serviceable design also : of adequate quality her serviceable but not exceptional voice — Irving Kolodin

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Other Words from serviceable

serviceability \ ˌsər-​və-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce serviceable (audio) \ noun
serviceableness \ ˈsər-​və-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce serviceable (audio) \ noun
serviceably \ ˈsər-​və-​sə-​blē How to pronounce serviceable (audio) \ adverb

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Someone who speaks serviceable Spanish isn't fluent in it but gets by pretty well. A serviceable jacket is practical and maybe even rugged. But serviceable sometimes damns with faint praise. A serviceable performance is all right but not inspired. Serviceable curtains aren't the ideal color or pattern, but they serve their purpose. A serviceable pair of shoes is sturdy but won't win you any fashion points.

Examples of serviceable in a Sentence

I bought an old but still serviceable bicycle. be sure to wear serviceable shoes if you're going to be walking on the rocks along the shore
Recent Examples on the Web Tyler Lancaster is serviceable, but far from spectacular. Rob Reischel, Forbes, "Wake Forest’s Carlos Basham Jr. Would Give The Green Bay Packers’ Defensive Line A Lift," 27 Apr. 2021 The divider was definitely made from real bamboo and backed with what seemed to me like cheap but serviceable gray carpeting, polyester, the description said. Siva Sithraputhran, Fortune, "The quick-fix value of a bamboo room divider," 18 Apr. 2021 Taken on its own, Godzilla vs. Kong is a serviceable action spectacle. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Awesome Emptiness of Godzilla vs. Kong," 31 Mar. 2021 Allen Lazard is serviceable, but is slow and best suited to be a No. 3. Rob Reischel, Forbes, "Purdue’s Rondale Moore Could Become The Green Bay Packers’ Jack Of All Trades," 20 Apr. 2021 Through too much of Thunder Force, McCarthy makes do with dialogue and situations that are serviceable at best. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Even the Subpar Superhero Comedy Thunder Force Can't Fully Extinguish Melissa McCarthy's Gifts," 9 Apr. 2021 Tyler Lancaster is serviceable, but far from spectacular. Rob Reischel, Forbes, "Washington’s Levi Onwuzurike Could Bolster The Green Bay Packers’ Defensive Line," 6 Apr. 2021 Khudobin and Oettinger have been serviceable, but will not be starting over a Vezina-caliber goaltender, even one coming off knee surgery. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "As Ben Bishop nears a return, Stars GM Jim Nill sheds light on the future of Dallas’ goalie situation," 31 Mar. 2021 Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, who was drafted by the Magic in 2014, has sought a fresh start, but Orlando has had trouble finding a deal that yields a serviceable return for Gordon. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA trade deadline tracker: Who is moving where? Which teams got help?," 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of serviceable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Serviceable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of serviceable

: ready to use or able to be used


ser·​vice·​able | \ ˈsər-və-sə-bəl How to pronounce serviceable (audio) \

Kids Definition of serviceable

1 : useful sense 1 This old truck isn't fancy, but it's still serviceable.
2 : of adequate quality serviceable shoes

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