us·​able | \ˈyü-zə-bəl \
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 \ noun
usableness \ ˈyü-​zə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
usably \ ˈyü-​zə-​blē \ 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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Apple is expected to expand the usable screen area to the point where the iconic home button will vanish entirely. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The 5 biggest rumors about Apple’s new, bezel-free iPads," 25 Oct. 2018 So, bitcoin is not usable for making payment transactions day-to-day, because the system can’t handle the volume. WSJ, "Can Bitcoin Become a Dominant Currency?," 21 Oct. 2018 However, the Reaper's Multispectral Targeting System (MTS) has proven to be usable for tracking some types of flying targets. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Top drone: Reaper scores drone kill in air-to-air missile test," 20 Sep. 2018 Medical experts have long said that organs that are not harvested in a medical setting are unlikely to be usable for sale. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "2 burned by angry mob in central Mexico," 31 Aug. 2018 The back seats are fully usable for real adults, with none of the feeling that you’ve been conscripted into a bobsled team. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Ferrari "Family Car" Still Spits Fire," 24 Aug. 2018 ADENOSINE Present in all living organisms, this molecule plays a critical role in regulating blood flow and providing cells with usable energy. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Turning an unfinished basement into livable space is the cheapest way to boost your home’s usable square footage — and your overall home's value. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "What A Basement Renovation Actually Costs," 13 July 2018 Bloom said they were told that, although the sound wall will move farther west in the parks, the fields will remain usable for baseball and soccer during and after construction. Kimberly Fornek,, "Residents supportive of I-294 expansion looking for assurances on sound walls, construction plans," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of usable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of usable

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

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