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 But other states and cities and some major businesses took a wait-and-see attitude Friday amid questions of whether the new stand is safe or workable, given that there is no easy way to know who has been vaccinated and who hasn’t. Heather Hollingsworth And Stephen Groves,, "States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means: ‘It was dividing our community’," 14 May 2021 In other words, a workable, trustworthy alternative to government money. Steve Forbes, Forbes, "The New Digital Currency That Could Save The Global Economy," 11 Mar. 2021 Israel’s fourth in two years — in which both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponents failed to win a workable majority. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, "Palestinian Vote Delayed, Prolonging Split for West Bank and Gaza," 29 Apr. 2021 Instead of reaching a little for an offensive tackle here when there are a couple of workable veterans available on the street, the Ravens take the No. 37 and No. Mark Inabinett |, al, " NFL Mock Draft 3: Tide goes for record round," 28 Apr. 2021 Recently a lot of shows have found new, workable formats that are Covid-safe and more fun than wondering why people who presumably make huge salaries have unstable internet connections. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "Embrace the Oscars as Yet Another Covid-Era Awards Show," 23 Apr. 2021 The key is to take it one step at a time, understand the imperfections and find a workable solution around these concerns. Arun Singh, Forbes, "Why Is Passwordless Authentication Met With Reluctance?," 20 Apr. 2021 Looking back in anger offers more low-hanging political fruit than looking forward with genuine, workable proposals. Time, "What is the Point of Celebrating Easter During a Pandemic?," 2 Apr. 2021 The Globe is one of 75 members of the League of Resident Theatres that is now negotiating with Equity to find an affordable and workable solution. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Live theaters get long-awaited reopening guidelines from state, but many hurdles remain," 1 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 17 May. 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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