us·​able | \ ˈyü-zə-bəl How to pronounce usable (audio) \
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

usableness \ ˈyü-​zə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce usableness (audio) \ noun
usably \ ˈyü-​zə-​blē How to pronounce usably (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The town’s three-person plowing crew worked overnight Monday to ensure that roads were usable for the morning commute., "two feet of snow," 3 Dec. 2019 With a dry brine, the only draw back is the pan juices can be very salty and may not be usable. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Brining: Why it’s the best method for your holiday turkey," 24 Nov. 2019 The expectation is that these will be usable for drivers licenses by Dec. 31, 2020, Polis said. Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, "Forgot your driver’s license? Now you can legally use an electronic ID on the Colorado app," 30 Oct. 2019 For those who keep an eye on the fuel gauge, the Palisade’s Eco calibration is actually usable for the majority of driving. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 Hyundai Palisade: move-in ready at $50,000," 19 Oct. 2019 But aside from just being better for your hair, a satin band or yard of fabric would be usable over and over. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "5 Simple Ways To Make Your Daily Beauty Routine Eco-Friendly," 2 Oct. 2019 Making a technology usable doesn’t guarantee it’ll be used, and there are plenty of reasons why patients might hesitate to sign on to such an unusual procedure. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "This Spiky Patch Could Invisibly Record Vaccination History Under Skin," 18 Dec. 2019 When applied, the AR filter, usable with a smartphone’s main camera, places Keytar Bear right in your environment, dancing and playing audible music., "in a video in March," 23 Oct. 2019 That doesn’t mean outside models aren’t accurate or usable or guidelines. James Wagner, New York Times, "How Good Is the Yankees’ Defense? Depends on Who’s Keeping Track," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of usable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Usable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce usable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of usable

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


us·​able | \ ˈyü-zə-bəl How to pronounce usable (audio) \

Kids Definition of usable

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

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