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 Car engines have to be serviceable; an operating system has to come with some way of installing updates. K.n.c., The Economist, "Don’t trust AI until we build systems that earn trust," 18 Dec. 2019 But creeping towards a league average defense is within the realm of possibility, and that journey starts with being serviceable at crunch time. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers links: On Damian Lillard’s loyalty and Carmelo Anthony’s bond with LeBron James," 5 Dec. 2019 Banks's directing is sturdy, serviceable and at times a bit unwieldy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Kristen Stewart gives divinely comedic performance in woke ‘Charlie’s Angels’," 12 Nov. 2019 Once logged in, the app served up a cramped but serviceable version of the social network., "Who says a folding smartphone has to cost $2,000, like the new Samsung Galaxy Fold? There’s another folding smartphone that costs just $59. Granted, it has a tiny screen, old-fashioned push-button controls, and a painfully slow processor. But it is a smartphone . . . of sorts.," 10 Oct. 2019 Gleyber Torres, 22, one of the Yankees’ stars this season, proved to be a serviceable shortstop in Gregorius’s absence. James Wagner, New York Times, "Yankees Are Left to Wonder How to Clear That Final Hurdle," 20 Oct. 2019 Moore, who was coaching his old high school team before Andy Reid coaxed him out of retirement, has been a serviceable placeholder before. Adam Kilgore, The Denver Post, "The Year of the Backup QB has created some unexpected, major decisions for NFL teams," 19 Oct. 2019 Seen on an airplane with a garden-variety video monitor, this hokey formula thriller would be a serviceable action yarn for middle-aged dudes who like sipping a glass of whiskey from their tray table. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Will Smith’s High-Def Disaster," 8 Oct. 2019 Corbin replaced 35-year-old junkballer Anibal Sanchez in Game 3, his presence made necessary by the Nationals’ lack of serviceable relief pitching. Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Title chasers or chokers? Dodgers in precarious spot heading into Game 5," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of serviceable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2020

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“Serviceable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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