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 usable (audio) \ noun
usably \ ˈyü-​zə-​blē How to pronounce usable (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 Many apartments and houses have high counters in the kitchen area and the best way to turn them into a usable space is by picking up some barstools. Chris Hachey, BGR, 6 July 2021 These are the true Airbnbs of offices, creating a world in which every usable space is pregnant with the possibility of generating revenue. Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2021 Critics say it’s an inefficient, crumbling structure with too little usable space to serve the state offices that have occupied it for 36 years. Ryan Ori,, 25 June 2021 Brit Arnesen Brit Arnesen of Britdotdesign converted her attached garage into a living area, adding an extra 400 square feet of usable space to her home. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 June 2021 Instead, this plethora of usable outdoor space is achieved by designating specific zones, which flow into each other and the landscape. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 22 June 2021 At the bare minimum, running a bitcoin mine, also known as a full node, requires a strong Internet connection with generous download capacities and 350 gigabytes of usable storage space, which can be found in most new laptops. Washington Post, 14 June 2021 Inside, capacity limits will be the lesser of 75% of pre-pandemic capacity, one person per 30 square feet of usable space or 750 people, Crowley said. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 However, many communities and locations within range of Anchorage lacked usable airstrips, so floatplanes were a crucial link for the sparsely populated territory. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2021

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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 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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