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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton concluded that there was no workable alternative. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Senate Itself Is on Trial," 21 Jan. 2020 Our results, although incomplete, were sufficient to spotlight workable solutions. Eric Williams, The Conversation, "The first step in managing plastic waste is measuring it – here’s how we did it for one Caribbean country," 17 Jan. 2020 Perhaps by then, the court opined, a workable alternative to the use of race would have been found. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "Harvard Won This Round, But Affirmative Action Is Weak," 2 Oct. 2019 Still, for consumers in Huawei's home market, the inability to use Google apps is no big deal; Google is blocked in China and there are lots of perfectly workable domestic alternatives there, anyway. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How Much Is an Android Phone Worth Without Google?—Data Sheet," 18 Sep. 2019 By the end of the 19th century, the trees were being decorated with ornaments and lights—first with miniature candles tied to branches, and then to new electric lights after Thomas Edison found a workable filament for an incandescent light bulb. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "‘People Are Buying Their Memories Back’: The Christmas Ornament That Time Forgot," 20 Dec. 2019 In the process, thanks to plenty of recent research, Beilein might have found another workable five-man grouping. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers have found new way to use rookie Darius Garland: Leading revamped second unit," 15 Dec. 2019 This implies that their findings are hardly converted into workable solutions even when money is spent on research. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s medical scientists are struggling to get funding to back their research," 13 Dec. 2019 Although most cases of epilepsy don't carry such high stakes, struggles to find a workable treatment play out daily. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "As epilepsy drugs fail nearly one-third of patients, scientists seek root causes of seizures," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of workable

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Workable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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to assert without proof or before proving

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