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

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 Last week, the communion's leader may have provided Anglicans with a workable compromise. Grayson Quay, The Week, 9 Aug. 2022 The start-up struggled to build a first machine that proved its concept workable. New York Times, 3 July 2022 Not all salt sites are workable, though; Germany spent decades investigating one, only to conclude that its groundwater wasn’t favorable, so the country is now looking for new locations. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, 17 Aug. 2022 After more than a year of trying — and failing — to pack much of President Biden’s domestic agenda into a single tax-and-spend bill, Democrats appear to have finally found a workable combination. Jim Tankersley,, 2 Aug. 2022 Now that there is a better understanding of the pits and potential caves, scientists could possibly pick up the pace toward conceptualizing a workable permanent station, protected from the extreme conditions of the moon's surface. Rachel Fadem, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 There are a few quick and easy ways to get that hard-as-a-rock brown sugar to soft, workable and delicious. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2022 Whether such an approach is too unwieldy or at all workable in the current maelstrom of politics and governance by crisis, when lawmakers spend more time talking to donors than voters, remains to be seen. New York Times, 8 July 2022 Dave believes that data analysis is key to building a workable marketing plan, and that discounting is anathema to any credible sales department. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 28 June 2022 See More

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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 5 Oct. 2022.

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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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