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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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 Sacramento has three promising-to-workable perimeter players in De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic, and will hope for Harry Giles and Willie Cauley-Stein to form an interior trio with Bagley. Jeremy Woo,, "Explaining the Biggest Surprises of the 2018 NBA Draft," 22 June 2018 The friend came back from a detention camp with one workable arm. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018 But what asylum reforms should progressives push for to build a humane, workable, and sustainable program? David A. Martin, Vox, "How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely," 2 July 2018 There is, of course, a middle path, providing workable and humane alternatives to detention. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Trump Administration’s Family Values," 22 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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