serviceable

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adjective ser·vice·able \ ˈsər-və-sə-bəl \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of serviceable

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

serviceability

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serviceableness

play \ˈsər-və-sə-bəl-nəs\ noun

serviceably

play \ˈsər-və-sə-blē\ adverb

Examples of serviceable in a Sentence

  1. I bought an old but still serviceable bicycle.

  2. be sure to wear serviceable shoes if you're going to be walking on the rocks along the shore

Recent Examples of serviceable from the Web

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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.

First Known Use of serviceable

14th century


SERVICEABLE Defined for English Language Learners

serviceable

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Definition of serviceable for English Language Learners

  • : ready to use or able to be used


SERVICEABLE Defined for Kids

serviceable

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adjective ser·vice·able \ ˈsər-və-sə-bəl \

Definition of serviceable for Students

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


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