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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In theory, that would afford users greater convenience—one-stop transactions—while providing Kodak valuable control over more user activities, along with a trove of usable data. Sarit Markovich, Fortune, "Commentary: Kodak’s New Cryptocurrency: Ridiculous or Genius?," 12 Jan. 2018 Of course, those millions of images will be little more than a curiosity unless there’s a way to turn them into usable data. Grant Burningham, Newsweek, "How Satellite Imaging Will Revolutionize Everything From Stock Picking to Farming," 8 Sep. 2016 The competition for usable land will only get more intense. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Land Conflict Has Long Been a Problem in Nigeria. Here’s How Climate Change Is Making It Worse," 28 June 2018 And making systems more usable and more understandable. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018 Washington has some of the highest solid waste recovery rates — the percentage of usable material recovered from trash in a certain area — in the country. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018 Motos are moving off shelves at a respectable pace in North America where phone buyers (especially those buying unlocked phones), are starting to recognize the company's affordable, but very usable Android phones. Jeffrey Van Camp, WIRED, "Moto Sticks to Its Mods With the Z3 Play," 6 June 2018 The team understands that making the data easily usable will be their next big challenge. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "These Flexible Sensors Could Help Monitor a Stroke Patient In Recovery," 7 Mar. 2018 The six-cylinder engine has plenty of power and more usable space and useful technology than any other SUV in the class. Aaron Bragman, USA TODAY, "Review: Ford's revamped Expedition SUV moves to the front of the pack," 13 July 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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