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
Recent Examples on the Web Kielkopf raised a red flag last month about the TSA’s plan to store N95 respirators it had been given by Customs and Border Protection, which found more than a million old but usable masks in an Indiana warehouse. J. David Mcswane, ProPublica, "The TSA Hoarded 1.3 Million N95 Masks Even Though Airports Are Empty and It Doesn’t Need Them," 6 May 2020 Applied to feces unearthed from sites around the world, the new method could help researchers unveil a trove of valuable information about a defecator’s diet, health, and perhaps—if the excretion contains enough usable DNA—identity. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Gives Researchers the Scoop on Ancient Poop," 21 Apr. 2020 Truer, or more apt, words for the present moment were never spoken, now usable as a kind of daily catechism. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The War on Coffee," 20 Apr. 2020 Most of the companies now are far enough along that the government can buy real goods and services from this industry that are perfectly usable and useful. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "What OneWeb’s failure tells us about space resiliency in the age of COVID-19," 6 Apr. 2020 The Masimo SafetyNet is a wearable similar to a wristwatch with a disposable fingertip attachment usable either by patients in traditional or ad hoc hospital beds or by sick individuals who have been seen and sent home. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "A Wearable for Opiod Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19," 30 Mar. 2020 Our guiding principle was creating a resource that empowered our songwriters and clients to easily access meaningful, usable and accurate data. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Universal Music Publishing Group Unveils New 'UMPG Window' Royalty Portal, Mobile App," 18 Feb. 2020 The result: better acceleration and more usable power. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible shares this feature with classic race cars," 3 Oct. 2019 The credits are usable through Dec. 31, 2022, and can be gifted to anyone. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "How to Help Italy During the Coronavirus Pandemic No Matter Where You Are in the World," 24 Apr. 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 27 May. 2020.

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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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