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 workability (audio) \ noun
workableness \ ˈwər-​kə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce workableness (audio) \ noun

Examples of workable in a Sentence

I think the plan is quite workable. Chill the cookie dough until it is more workable.

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Therefore, correcting this weakness and going on offense with workable progressive ideas and picking a candidate who can take our country into a better future will be a winning strategy. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: PERA retirees need security now; Winning strategy for Dems; Pass the buck, Hick (7/11/19)," 11 July 2019 And the Gram 17 might even be workable on some trains and flights since the 17-inch screen is housed in a laptop not much bigger than most 15-inch portables. Chris Welch, The Verge, "LG Gram 17 review: as ultra-portable as 17 inches can get," 11 July 2019 Those discussions have quieted lately, however, because studios and cinema owners have been unable to reach a workable compromise, and issues such as industry consolidation have taken precedent. Ryan Faughnder,, "MPAA's Charles Rivkin touts global box office, takes aim at piracy in first CinemaCon address," 24 Apr. 2018 This season, which is still months away, is about building -- off the positives from last year, a workable system and culture based on the principles that matter most in this era. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers and John Beilein’s search for ‘small victories’ that will define the season -- Chris Fedor," 3 July 2019 Since then, the U.S. has struggled to come up with a workable exit strategy. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "U.S. to Revise Military Strategy for Exiting Syria," 22 Feb. 2019 What might be a more workable solution than fighting Lake Michigan, Biggs said, is building a new dog park somewhere in town not affected by fluctuating water levels. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "After Evanston’s dog beach disappeared under water, city officials are talking about what to do next," 9 July 2019 Documents previously obtained under the state's open records laws reveal growing frustration with U of L's struggles to come up with a workable plan to take over the hospitals. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "University of Louisville ends talks to buy KentuckyOne assets, including Jewish Hospital," 12 June 2019 Similarly wealthy countries tend to have both universal coverage (though not always a pure single-payer system) and healthier populations than the U.S., suggesting there’s a workable path to guaranteeing health care. NBC News, "What is 'Medicare for All' and how would it work?," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of workable

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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work against (someone)


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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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