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 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 Creating workable safety nets for older Americans also helps people in Buttigieg’s age group now, who are often called upon to care for their parents after retirement. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Pete Buttigieg Releases His Plan for Securing Long-Term Care," 25 Nov. 2019 This is safer than pure lithium and made the battery workable for real-world applications. Jack Guy, CNN, "Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for work on lithium ion batteries that 'revolutionized our lives'," 9 Oct. 2019 Certainly not Diablo Cody, the whip-smart Oscar-winning screenwriter (Juno) tasked with taking Morissette’s anthems and patching them into a workable plot (direction is by Diane Paulus, of Waitress and Pippin fame). Melissa Rose Bernardo,, "Jagged Little Pill arrives on Broadway as a musical with angst to spare: Review," 6 Dec. 2019 Add oats and mix by hand until dough is soft and workable. The Denver Post, "Who has time to decorate fancy cookies? Here are some easy (but delicious) recipes for your Christmas baking.," 3 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 18 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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