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
Recent Examples on the Web The program to turn him into an elite shooter and serviceable defender worked. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Heat's Duncan Robinson can be deadly from three-point range, as Lakers learn in Game 5 NBA Finals loss," 10 Oct. 2020 Even though CeeDee Lamb won’t be making another appearance in the Red River Showdown (Texas fans, take a deep breath), the Sooners still have plenty of serviceable weapons in the passing attack. Dallas News, "5 things Texas fans need to know about Oklahoma: Sooners haven’t quite found footing with freshman QB Spencer Rattler," 7 Oct. 2020 And the low-light attributes and sheer size of the Konuspot make this a very serviceable scope for the deck of a cabin or mounted on a tripod behind a plate-glass window. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 8 Best New Spotting Scopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 Some scouts wonder if Hayes is too slow and unathletic to be much more than a serviceable rotation player. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors draft: Why Killian Hayes could be an intriguing option at No. 2," 2 Oct. 2020 When applied to the Holocaust in particular and genocide in general, the notion of the desk killer turns out to be a serviceable taxonomical tool. Washington Post, "Killing millions from behind their desks," 25 Sep. 2020 One Billion Americans is stuffed full of perfectly serviceable and unobjectionable policy ideas that would, hypothetically, allow for a denser country that permitted more immigration and subsidized a higher birthrate. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "The Emptiness of Matthew Yglesias’s Biggest Idea," 10 Sep. 2020 Damion Square is a serviceable DT, and this will be make or break for 2019 first-rounder Jerry Tillery. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Don’t sleep on forgotten Chargers in 2020 NFL season," 6 Sep. 2020 This year’s collection of spotting scopes is a mostly serviceable class. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 8 Best New Spotting Scopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020

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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 26 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce serviceable (audio)

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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