serviceable

adjective

ser·​vice·​able ˈsər-və-sə-bəl How to pronounce serviceable (audio)
1
2
: fit for use
a serviceable design
also : of adequate quality
her serviceable but not exceptional voice Irving Kolodin
serviceability noun
serviceableness noun
serviceably 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 Panthers can’t bet on him to stay healthy, as another Horn injury would put Jackson — a serviceable No. 2 corner, in theory — at the top of the depth chart. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 26 Apr. 2024 Its infinite iterations are pure veneer: bloodless and gutless, serviceable furniture made of the deforested expanse of human experience. Rachel Khong, The Atlantic, 25 Apr. 2024 Otherwise, Stellar Blade is a serviceable action romp that occasionally broaches greatness, all set to the strangely hypnotic ambience of jazzy K-pop ballads. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 24 Apr. 2024 The Dolphins replaced a serviceable defensive tackle, Raekwon Davis, with a nose tackle (Benito Jones) that Pro Football Focus rated as one of the league’s worst starters at his position last season. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 24 Apr. 2024 Two barely serviceable rear seats provide the stylish convertible with a fig leaf of practicality. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 15 Feb. 2024 Then there's Sam Rockwell, Danny DeVito, and Rebecca Pidgeon, who all turn in serviceable performances for the leads to bounce off of like tennis balls. Eric Farwell, EW.com, 27 Oct. 2023 The infatuation between Ponyboy and Cherry (Emma Pittman), which produces a couple of serviceable duets, feels perfunctory and fades into a melange of other conflicts. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 12 Apr. 2024 With a serviceable receiver in Smythe (35 catches in 43 catches for career-high 366 yards last season) and a very good one in Smith, there will be more motivation to use 12 personnel and less predictability when Miami uses it because neither player is deficient as a blocker or receiver. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English serviseable "willing to serve or be of assistance, suitable, useful," borrowed from Anglo-French servissable, from servise service entry 1 + -able -able

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of serviceable was in the 14th century

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“Serviceable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serviceable. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

serviceable

adjective
ser·​vice·​able ˈsər-və-sə-bəl How to pronounce serviceable (audio)
1
: prepared for or capable of service : useful
2
: lasting or wearing well in use
serviceability noun
serviceableness noun

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