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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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 In a week when major central banks were busy dropping hints of additional easing, the Bank of Japan’s governor offered little new ammunition, showing how the pioneer in loosening is running out of workable ideas. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Bank of Japan Runs Short of Options to Combat Threats to Growth," 20 June 2019 Here is a look at some of the possibilities: KZ Okpala, sophomore, Stanford small forward Okpala has a lot of what the Warriors are looking for: length, versatility, a workable jump shot, solid slashing ability. Connor Letourneau,, "NBA draft: Seven players Warriors might target, plus other names to know," 19 June 2019 Research and development funding is generally aimed at proving a technology that’s workable. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "As Renewable Energy Subsidies Expire, Experts Advocate Tax Credits," 4 June 2019 Deutsche Bank AG will likely depend on an obscure but valuable accounting quirk to make a deal for smaller rival Commerzbank AG workable. Patricia Kowsmann And Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Deutsche Bank-Commerzbank Deal Might Rest on Mountain of ‘Badwill’," 14 Apr. 2019 President Sergio Mattarella, who negotiated through three months of political deadlock to finally find a workable government, presided over the ceremony in the gilded Quirinale Palace. Nicole Winfield,, "Italian populists sworn into power as euroskeptics cheer birth of new government coalition," 1 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 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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