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

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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ShareFest is an annual donation drive that prevents usable items from going to the landfill by directing them to social service agencies and nonprofit organizations around the Oxford area. Sharon Hannon/share, Cincinnati.com, "Annual ShareFest Donation Drive sparks success," 6 June 2019 Since Julian is still growing, the students think the prosthetics will be usable for him for about two years. Robin Abcarian, latimes.com, "Student engineers create bionic hands for a boy burned in a horrendous crash," 4 June 2019 Still, the PopSockets grips were easily my favorite, more fun and usable than the others. David Pierce, WSJ, "A $10 Accessory Proves Smartphones Are Too Big," 17 Feb. 2019 And this no-compromise driving experience is found in a four-door hatch that's stiff but perfectly usable in daily living. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 But our research brings to light the ease with which spyware can be deployed by abusers, and the broad scope of software usable as spyware. Nicki Dell, Karen Levy, Damon Mccoy, Vox, "How domestic abusers use smartphones to spy on their partners," 21 May 2018 When closed, the device should be easily pocketable and usable for quickly checking notifications. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung’s foldable phone is real, and it launches next year," 7 Nov. 2018 This news about Burberry destroying perfectly usable merchandise, including $13 million worth of makeup, was met with consumer outrage. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 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

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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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