work·​able | \ ˈwər-kə-bəl How to pronounce workable (audio) \

Definition of workable

1 : capable of being worked a workable material
2 : practicable, feasible a workable system

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Other Words from workable

workability \ ˌwər-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce workable (audio) \ noun
workableness \ ˈwər-​kə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce workable (audio) \ noun

Examples of workable in a Sentence

I think the plan is quite workable. Chill the cookie dough until it is more workable.
Recent Examples on the Web Lordstown’s board rejected an allegation from short seller Hindenburg that the technology isn’t workable in a commercial vehicle. David Welch, Fortune, 15 June 2021 But any rod from 8 to 9 feet casting a line between 4 and 8-weight is workable. Bill May,, 4 July 2021 Negotiations with the salon failed to result in a workable alternative. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2020 American Airlines offered refunds as a possibility if the new flights aren’t workable. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 21 June 2021 Therefore, general guidelines or rules on ethical AI are not workable here. Ashish Sukhadeve, Forbes, 7 June 2021 While some suggestions may be workable, others likely are not, city staff members said. Barbara Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 June 2021 On September 10th, an assistant dean called Azarova to tell her that the law school would not be offering her the job after all; there seemed to be issues with finding a workable visa and contract solution. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 8 May 2021 Product-market fit entails a large number of elements that must be fine-tuned, but to provide a more workable framework, here are five absolute PMF essentials that SaaS executives should be considering before taking any SaaS product to market. Guy Tytunovich, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of workable

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Workable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of workable

: able to be used successfully
: able to be easily shaped or worked with


work·​able | \ ˈwər-kə-bəl How to pronounce workable (audio) \

Kids Definition of workable

: capable of being worked or done a workable plan Is this radio workable?

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