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 Kelly also says more time is necessary to develop a clear and workable plan for weaning consumers and retailers off single-use plastic bags. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "America must stop being a Turkey and suffocating itself with cheap plastic bags: Phillip Morris," 27 Nov. 2019 While the law failed to keep insurance costs low for many Americans, Republicans also failed to present a workable alternative to American voters. Abigail Abrams, Time, "A New Generation of Activist Doctors Is Fighting for Medicare for All," 24 Oct. 2019 But, so far, it has not lit the way toward a more workable configuration of the corporation’s relationship with the individual and the state. Daniel Foster, National Review, "Progressive Woke, Communist Yoke," 24 Oct. 2019 There are more affordable ways of getting to a similar place, and one of these other options could provide a workable solution for Warren. Washington Post, "Warren’s $30 Trillion Medicare for All Problem Has a Solution," 18 Oct. 2019 But simply denying face time to pro players and fans doesn't seem like a workable long-term solution for what now seems like a sustained movement driven by anger among much of Blizzard's fan base. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Blizzard belatedly punishes college Hearthstone team for Hong Kong protest," 17 Oct. 2019 That news, plus the Internet Archive expands its DOS collection, Riot finally branches out from League of Legends in a big way, Saints Row II is getting a workable PC port, Postal 4 exists, and more. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Internet Archive adds 2,500 DOS games, Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 delayed," 14 Oct. 2019 But in a world where trust in social feeds is collapsing, a workable verification system could serve as a powerful ally. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Instagram’s verification system is useful, fair, and Twitter should copy it," 29 Aug. 2018 Walden contended that nuclear power must remain part of any workable climate plan. Ellen Knickmeyer, Twin Cities, "Democratic candidates focus on climate change in town halls," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of workable

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Dec 2019

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“Workable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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 state or do over again or repeatedly

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