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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In 2012, the St. Paul City Council eased parking space requirements for restaurants that serve alcohol from one parking stall for every 125 square feet of usable business space to one stall for every 400 square feet. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "In St. Paul, a look at rules and regulations that need to go away," 7 July 2019 Meat production is a leading cause of deforestation, with more than a quarter of all the usable land on the globe used to graze livestock. CBS News, "Where's the beef? Hamburger patties made from plants," 7 July 2019 These organisms break down hay, grass, and other hard-to-digest plant material into usable nutrients and calories. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Gut bacteria could be key to producing tastier cow’s milk," 3 July 2019 In addition to removing the boulevard to create more publicly usable green space, major recommendations in the plan include: - Sites for several new parking garages behind the buildings that front the square. Steven Litt,, "Final design recommendations for revamping Shaker Square earn mixed reviews at Sunday unveiling," 30 June 2019 Those materials are then processed and converted into usable oil. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Railroad signs initial deal for link to Canada and the rest of the country," 28 June 2019 Farmers' usable acreage has been reduced, and there's no going back. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "American corn farmers are having their worst year in recent history," 28 June 2019 The price paid by consumers for usable marijuana has more than halved to less than $5 a gram in the past two years. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Cannabis Investors Are Zoning Out About Supply," 27 June 2019 Earlier in the day Tuesday, grid managers placed restrictions on electricity generators and transmission line owners, requiring them to put off planned maintenance to keep their equipment usable. J.d. Morris,, "Californians urged to conserve electricity during heat wave," 11 June 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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