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 serviceable (audio) \ noun
serviceableness \ ˈsər-​və-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce serviceable (audio) \ noun
serviceably \ ˈsər-​və-​sə-​blē How to pronounce serviceable (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 Someone to Watch Over Me is a product of its time, a serviceable romantic thriller that wound up looking chaste and old-fashioned next to the films that would soon flood the market in the same genre. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 15 Oct. 2021 Garoppolo, who had a key fourth-quarter fumble against Green Bay, has been serviceable this season. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Sep. 2021 Paul may play fewer minutes during the regular season as Cameron Payne proved to be a more than a serviceable backup to him. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2021 If Dalton is merely serviceable and a defense with serious question marks doesn’t take a step forward to keep the Bears in games, Nagy will have a decision to make. Colleen Kane,, 5 Sep. 2021 The task of replacing Lole will go to senior Shannon Forman, a 6-foot-2, 315-pounder who has been a serviceable backup and has played every position on the line. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 24 Aug. 2021 Many of us have gravitated toward cushy sweats and serviceable Zoom button-ups this past year. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 28 July 2021 At the time, the New York Times estimated that the hardware, much of it serviceable, had a collective value of $2 billion - approximately $9.6 billion in 2020 dollars. Niall Mccarthy, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Duvall and Valot are in the team and training regularly, and both are serviceable. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of serviceable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Serviceable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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