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

Other Words from usable

usableness \ ˈyü-​zə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce usable (audio) \ noun
usably \ ˈyü-​zə-​blē How to pronounce usable (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 But an emission of helium vapor from hot springs isn’t valuable in itself; the gas has to be pooled in the ground to be usable. William Ralston, Wired, 16 Dec. 2021 Others say the magma will need to be broken up by dynamite in order for the soil to be usable again. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Oct. 2021 The century-old turbines—the metal water-wheels—are still usable and only about 5% less efficient than current models. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2021 Although these official images only show it without a roof, the SP3 features a clip-in targa panel and so should be more usable than its predecessors in Ferrari’s Icona series, the roofless and screenless SP1 and SP2 Monza. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 20 Nov. 2021 The central seat is more usable than most, and this is aided by having legroom that extends under the central console. James Morris, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 This implies that transfer learning is likely to become more usable—and therefore more widely used—from here on out. Scientific American, 19 Oct. 2021 Might plans to put in a proposal to build a more usable front end for physician-scientists who want to access the biomedical literature in this structured way. Katie Palmer, STAT, 5 Aug. 2021 Hate speech across the site went down after a purge of such communities in 2015, which made the site more usable for a more diverse group of people. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of usable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Usable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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