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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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 This processor is paired with up to 64GB socketed, user-serviceable RAM. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Mac mini review—a testament to Apple’s stubbornness," 23 Nov. 2018 Other teahouse lodgings are similarly rustic but serviceable. Debbie Pappyn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Trekking Nepal's Upper Mustang, a Pristine Corner of the Himalayas," 15 Oct. 2018 While the straight-up cut method offers a serviceable-if-uneven toasting job, taking the extra seconds to just rake the knife across the bread ensures the job is done perfectly. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Here Is a Knife That Toasts Bread While It Cuts," 4 June 2015 Since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 1994, the Eagles have found a few serviceable players at the bottom of the draft barrel, but not many. Paul Domowitch,, "How the Eagles hope to turn rugby player Jordan Mailata into an offensive tackle," 30 Apr. 2018 Pickings are slim at the position, however, and Ejiofor could shape up to be a serviceable part of a defensive line rotation. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "10 best players available on NFL draft Day 3: Shaquem Griffin among top options," 28 Apr. 2018 Rooms are clean and serviceable with parquet floors, traditional decor, and marble bathrooms. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Rome," 5 Mar. 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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