usable

adjective
us·​able | \ ˈyü-zə-bəl \
variants: or less commonly useable

Definition of usable

1 : capable of being used
2 : convenient and practicable for use

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Other Words from usable

usability \ ˌyü-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
usableness \ ˈyü-​zə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
usably \ ˈyü-​zə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of usable in a Sentence

Is any of this junk usable? although the spade is usable as a snow shovel, it doesn't do a very good job

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Clearly with the improvements to Code, elementary OS is aiming to provide a usable desktop that's also a good platform for development. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 That gives the Super Guppy a whopping 39,000 cubic feet of usable space, compared to the C-5’s 35,000. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Super Guppy Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Dec. 2018 This is a thoroughly usable VPN session, with no real impact on browsing quality. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Testing WireGuard with an early-adopter VPN service," 11 Dec. 2018 Anna Been, a knitter with an Etsy shop, says that getting usable product photos was difficult initially. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Bad product photos can hinder a small business. This company is trying to help.," 14 Nov. 2018 The plane has an 89-gallon usable fuel capacity, Fox said. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Pilot in fatal crash reported landing gear, fuel problems," 25 June 2018 Like other crafty tiny homes, the Devasa makes tiny living feel a little less tiny thanks to a mechanical system that expands its usable space. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Clever two-story tiny house has an extendable roof," 6 Nov. 2018 Apple is expected to expand the usable screen area to the point where the iconic home button will vanish entirely. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The 5 biggest rumors about Apple’s new, bezel-free iPads," 25 Oct. 2018 So, bitcoin is not usable for making payment transactions day-to-day, because the system can’t handle the volume. WSJ, "Can Bitcoin Become a Dominant Currency?," 21 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of usable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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usable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of usable

: capable of being used : in good enough condition to be used

usable

adjective
us·​able | \ ˈyü-zə-bəl \

Kids Definition of usable

: suitable or fit for use He saves things that might someday be usable.

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