usable

adjective
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

usability \ ˌyü-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce usability (audio) \ noun
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

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Here's the problem: These things might occur in your body when consuming concentrated amounts of celery on an empty stomach, but the data is still limited on how bioavailable (actually usable) these compounds are in human beings. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Celery Juice "Benefits" Are Total B.S., According to Nutrition Science," 16 Jan. 2019 For all the hype, bitcoin and the hundreds of other digital currencies that have popped up over the years are still largely usable only by developers. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Crypto’s 2019 Goal: Technology People Can Use," 1 Jan. 2019 Because there’s no outboard hanging off the back, the whole topside of the hull is usable. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Testing the Yamaha 210 FSH: The Boat That Blew Up the Formula," 31 Aug. 2018 So every additional person on Facebook makes the service a little bit less useful, or less usable, to you. Recode Staff, Recode, "Why ‘Star Wars’ is like a social network, and other insights from Eugene Wei on Recode Media," 13 July 2018 And once installed, the shelves transform an otherwise blank wall into valuable, usable storage. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 Dunham also discussed a February 2017 attempted execution involving an Alabama inmate where the man was stuck about 12 times in order to find a usable vein. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Future of lethal injection in doubt as critics, drug makers rebel against it," 31 July 2018 For an island to be usable—and meet building code requirements—the National Kitchen and Bath Association guidelines state that, for adequate traffic flow, a walkway around the structure should be at least 36 inches wide. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Islands," 11 Feb. 2019 Across the island, roads are usable, but many traffic lights are dark. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "How and When to Go Back to Puerto Rico," 31 Aug. 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 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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