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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Basement storage space is usable, but there is no roller cover to conceal the area. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Chevrolet Blazer is the family wagon redefined," 20 July 2019 Much of the institute's work centers on testing and making individual pieces of new technology — whether that's sensors, smart tablets or artificial intelligence tech — to build broad systems that are usable on a large scale. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Microsoft gives more than $1.25 million to UW-Milwaukee to support smart technology systems," 24 June 2019 Facebook now hopes to use its global scale to launch a broadly usable and trusted digital currency, built on a blockchain technology similar to the one that underpins bitcoin. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, "‘Digital Cash’ Review: Bitcoin and Beyond," 23 June 2019 Its design means the entire soleplate is usable, not just the tip or center like on most irons. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Cordless Irons to Buy in 2019, According to Cleaning Experts," 15 Feb. 2019 Floor-to-ceiling windows open up to a patio off of the living and dining room area, and the 6,400-square-foot lot is flat and usable space. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Breezy midcentury modern asks $629K in Southern California," 8 Oct. 2018 The polling data, collected by different groups over seven decades, were not uniform and took a fair amount of finessing to get in usable order, Eagly said. Los Angeles Times, "It’s official: Majority of Americans think women are just as competent as men, if not more so," 19 July 2019 The original port expansion project cost upward of $300 million but resulted in little usable infrastructure. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Discovery of more earthquake damage adds to troubles at Port of Alaska," 17 July 2019 Connected to an overboard pipe, the device continually streams ocean water through filters that extract fish larvae for collection, and is part of the well-oiled scientific machinery that occupies every usable space on the ship. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanographers mark seven-decade survey of the California Current," 15 July 2019

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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 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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