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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Meanwhile, Napier is considered a serviceable backup point guard and Graham gives the Warriors some wing depth to account for Durant’s departure. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors consolation prize: A D’Angelo Russell, Steph Curry backcourt to open Chase Center," 30 June 2019 In addition to a lively, sinking mid-90s fastball that pairs with a solid changeup and a serviceable slider, Kauffman’s an absolute gamer. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: Early returns from Omaha indicate the Rockies drafted a gamer in right-hander Karl Kauffmann," 26 June 2019 Any resident who wishes the Post to retire their un-serviceable Flags may leave them at Memorial Hall in the container provided for that purpose., "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 19 June 2019 The Cavaliers haven’t had a serviceable shooting guard since J.R. Smith shed the last bit of his prime after 2016. John Cherwa,, "The Sports Report: The inside look at the NBA draft," 19 June 2019 French director Vincent Huguet’s production was conservative and serviceable, if somewhat austere in eschewing the colorful spirit of a fairy tale. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "A Resonant Centenary for Strauss at the Vienna State Opera," 13 June 2019 On top of Nance up front and Clarkson off the bench, the Cavs got a serviceable point guard who isn't Jose Calderon, a 25-year-old shooting guard who isn't J.R. Smith, and the entire roster began look a lot more interesting. Andrew Sharp,, "The Cavs’ Future Gets Brighter as I.T.’s Timeline Gets More Depressing," 9 Feb. 2018 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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