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

usability \ ˌyü-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce usability (audio) \ noun
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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And once installed, the shelves transform an otherwise blank wall into valuable, usable storage. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 Dunham also discussed a February 2017 attempted execution involving an Alabama inmate where the man was stuck about 12 times in order to find a usable vein. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Future of lethal injection in doubt as critics, drug makers rebel against it," 31 July 2018 For an island to be usable—and meet building code requirements—the National Kitchen and Bath Association guidelines state that, for adequate traffic flow, a walkway around the structure should be at least 36 inches wide. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Islands," 11 Feb. 2019 Across the island, roads are usable, but many traffic lights are dark. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "How and When to Go Back to Puerto Rico," 31 Aug. 2018 The company has also begun testing a large, 12-meter carbon fiber fuel tank that is essential for keeping the mass of the BFR low to accommodate more usable mass during launch. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA isn’t going to pay for the BFR, so Musk charts a new course," 18 Sep. 2018 Use the Reddit Enhancement Suite Last but not least, there's actually a tool that makes Reddit much more usable, especially on the desktop. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Reddit," 15 July 2015 The computer won’t be usable again until Apple Service Toolkit 2, the name of the diagnostic tool, is used by a member of the company’s Authorized Service Provider program. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple is using proprietary software to lock MacBook Pros and iMac Pros from third-party repairs," 5 Oct. 2018 Clearly with the improvements to Code, elementary OS is aiming to provide a usable desktop that's also a good platform for development. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 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 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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