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 serviceability (audio) \ noun
serviceableness \ ˈsər-​və-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce serviceableness (audio) \ noun
serviceably \ ˈsər-​və-​sə-​blē How to pronounce serviceably (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

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That doesn’t mean the Pistons won't miss Smith, who signed a three-year, $18 million deal in 2016 and was a more-than-serviceable option as Reggie Jackson moved in and out of the lineup battling injuries. . Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons free agency: Why Derrick Rose is an upgrade over Ish Smith," 2 July 2019 Bosa will have a serviceable rookie year, but won’t immediately realize the expectations that come with being the No. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ predictions: a better offense, a popular punter, and a playoff berth," 23 July 2019 Can Lombardi help Jarrett Stidham develop into a serviceable NFL quarterback? Ben Volin,, "More intrigue than usual at Patriots training camp this year," 21 July 2019 Vance Joseph’s greatest coaching as the newest coordinator in charge of the defense might have to come here in order to get the most out of this collection of serviceable, but not spectacular, players. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals scouting report: Defensive line," 13 July 2019 Even that timeframe could be serviceable, with the Heat not opening training camp until the last week of September. Ira Winderman,, "Heat speculation turns from Westbrook chase to Chris Paul," 12 July 2019 Cam Bedrosian, Justin Anderson and Noe Ramirez have assembled serviceable campaigns. Maria Torres,, "Padres closer Kirby Yates is an All-Star the Angels let get away," 8 July 2019 Meanwhile, Napier is considered a serviceable backup point guard and Graham gives the Warriors some wing depth to account for Durant’s departure. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors consolation prize: A D’Angelo Russell, Steph Curry backcourt to open Chase Center," 30 June 2019 In addition to a lively, sinking mid-90s fastball that pairs with a solid changeup and a serviceable slider, Kauffman’s an absolute gamer. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: Early returns from Omaha indicate the Rockies drafted a gamer in right-hander Karl Kauffmann," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of serviceable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of serviceable was in the 14th century

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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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