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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Each of these reasonably serviceable items is on the way to being replaced in a way that will make the world a marginally—if not spectacularly—better place. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "There Are Some Things Technology Won’t Change," 23 May 2019 One Bunk Tijuana Stylish and serviceable, One Bunk marks a new kind of hotel for Tijuana, one that's perfectly on par with the city's thriving food and art scene—and the travelers who want to explore it. Archana Ram, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from San Diego," 5 Mar. 2018 Cornerback Justin Coleman: Coleman had a serviceable season as the team’s primary nickelback. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Which Seahawks free agents might stay and which might go as Seattle enters the offseason?," 6 Jan. 2019 But the real strength of Grand Hotel lies in the way its original director-choreographer, Tommy Tune, along with original musical supervisor Wally Harper, edited merely serviceable material into a fluid, compelling theatrical narrative. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "Check into this five-star Grand Hotel," 26 Apr. 2018 Not only was the amplification serviceable, but the backdrop enhanced the experience: The skyline of midtown Manhattan bounced light off the low-lying clouds, with the Chrysler Building peeping between the high-rises on Central Park South. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "The Pleasures and Perils of Outdoor Performances," 27 July 2018 In all, the airport hopes the renovation will help keep the runway serviceable for another 30 years. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "A million fewer people will fly out of Fort Lauderdale airport next summer. Here's why," 19 June 2018 Her kitchen has outlived her: My cousin Alexa has its contents — down to the least serviceable utensil — in her house in Baltimore. Elizabeth Gilbert, Good Housekeeping, "Cook's Heaven," 6 Mar. 2012 Attach the pad to the bottom of the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 and fill its water tank, and the vacuum becomes a serviceable robo-mop. David Pierce, WSJ, "Robot Vacuums Are Finally Good—Here’s Which One to Buy," 16 Dec. 2018

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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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