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 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 In order to make sure those EVs are actually usable, the state plans to expand the public charging infrastructure to take into account that many people don't have a garage in which to charge an electric vehicle. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Massachusetts to Ban Sale of New Gas-Powered Cars by 2035," 31 Dec. 2020 Rapid Response pays $825 per unit and then the city pays ongoing maintenance fees to keep them in usable condition. oregonlive, "Portable toilets in SE Portland stolen, vandalized in escalating fight between city and neighbors," 1 Dec. 2020 Books delivered to schools as part of the Afghan Children Read program that were not in usable condition. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "$19B down the drain, Pentagon watchdog’s latest report details Afghanistan’s swamp of ineptitude and corruption," 21 Oct. 2020 There are, though, plenty of civically significant reasons to keep low-Earth orbit usable. Clive Thompson, The New Republic, "Monetizing the Final Frontier," 3 Dec. 2020 But on the luxury end of the scale is a pre-bent pole design that gives you near-vertical walls for maximum usable interior space, plus two full doors and double vestibules. Ben Romans, Outdoor Life, "The 2020 Camping Gear Gift Guide," 26 Nov. 2020 Second, and arguably more usable on a daily basis, is Quick Scheduling. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The $129 Nest Thermostat streamlines the design and keeps core features," 12 Oct. 2020 There are also new player boxes with access areas to the rink surface, usable programming space adjacent between rinks and a multi-use flexible space in the lobby. John Benson, cleveland, "North Olmsted Rec Center ice rink reopens after completion of $2.2 million renovation: Photos," 4 Nov. 2020 The usable space has gone from 2,000 square feet to 6,000 square feet, within the same footprint. Pamela Wood,, "Lawyers Mall, the state capital’s First Amendment gathering space, to reopen after two years of repairs," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of usable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jan 2021

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“Usable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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