work·​able | \ ˈwər-kə-bəl \

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 \ noun
workableness \ ˈwər-​kə-​bəl-​nəs \ 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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The former Westtown School big man will either be a workable defensive piece and good locker room addition or a transcendent star from this draft, depending on how his offense comes along. Mike Jensen,, "NBA draft observations: Mikal Bridges trade was 'heist' for Sixers, evaluating Villanova's stars' landing spots | Mike Jensen," 22 June 2018 Your ability to come forward with good, workable ideas does not go unnoticed., "Horoscope," 20 June 2018 Seen from Dover, the outline of a workable replacement for a customs union that can process the huge volume of cross-channel trade looks less visible than the French coast on a misty day. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Brexit Nightmare: 17-Mile Traffic Jams at the Dover Border," 3 June 2018 But incremental improvements are far more workable than visions of strategic autonomy. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "A ‘True European Army’? Dream On," 18 Nov. 2018 State and local governments would be able to develop more workable and effective building plans. David Siegel, WSJ, "Don’t Binge on Bridge-Building," 18 June 2018 Keeping Chris Hogan and Edelman healthy would make the receiver attrition workable. Albert Breer,, "AFC East Offseason Report Cards: Jets Getting it Right, Bills Go Full Rebuild, Dolphins Look for Leadership, Patriots Have New Question Marks," 8 June 2018 Up to 200 people are exploring the hill to try to find a workable shaft. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "Former navy SEAL assisting in cave rescue of Thai soccer team dead from lack of oxygen, authorities say," 7 July 2018 In a world dotted with frozen conflicts, the Good Friday Agreement provided an imperfect but workable solution for a war-weary population. Amanda Sloat, Time, "Brexit Could Jeopardize Peace in Northern Ireland—and America Is Ignoring It," 29 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of workable

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

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