ser·​vice·​able | \ˈsər-və-sə-bəl \

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 \ noun
serviceableness \ ˈsər-​və-​sə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
serviceably \ ˈsər-​və-​sə-​blē \ 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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Robinson and Papagiannis were busts, Cauley-Stein has merely been serviceable and Cousins, a multi-time All-Star, was traded after years of losing seasons. Ben Golliver,, "2018 NBA Draft: Biggest Winners and Losers," 22 June 2018 The Suns, assuming a trade happens soon to break up the logjam at wing and bring a serviceable NBA point guard to town, should move ahead of those three. Jay Dieffenbach, azcentral, "How LeBron James' Los Angeles Lakers decision impacts Phoenix Suns in 2018-19, beyond," 2 July 2018 This all sounds like a perfectly serviceable narrative setup. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a stunning disappointment," 22 June 2018 The Aggies have a serviceable enough offensive line, at least the best Clemson will face over the first month of the season. Conor Orr,, "An NFL Fan’s Viewing Guide to the 2019 College Football Season," 13 July 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW But jaw-dropping measurables —Bamba’s wingspans is 7-foot-10 wingspan — alone do not make a great, or even a serviceable, pro. San Antonio Express-News, "The Bamba Project is still in early stages," 11 July 2018 Out of context, these are all traditionally seen as serviceable gestures that reminds many of the historical inequalities of labor that black women endured: slavery, indentured servitude, and so on. Alisha Acquaye, Teen Vogue, "What Social Media Showed Me About Perceptions of Black Women in Beauty," 18 June 2018 Iguodala has been a serviceable stand-in at point guard so far in this series, but the Warriors need Curry back yesterday. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors win, but still missing Curry and consistency," 16 Apr. 2018 Tennessee has a serviceable quarterback in Jarrett Guarantano, but he might be pushed by Stanford grad transfer Keller Chryst. David Scott, charlotteobserver, "What you need to know - game by game - about the Charlotte 49ers’ 2018 football schedule," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of serviceable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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