writ·​able ˈrī-tə-bəl How to pronounce writable (audio)
: capable of being put in writing
: being an electronic storage medium capable of having new data written on it
a writable DVD

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The researcher also found several processes that run as the systemd-network user, which is permitted to use the bus name required to run arbitrary code from world-writable locations. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 26 Apr. 2022 There was the 1998 release of the iMac that — to some customers' horror — did away with the floppy disk drive, featuring only a re-writable CD drive. Clare Duffy, CNN, 8 Dec. 2019 Writable surfaces such as chalkboard paint or large marker boards also let kids customize their room. Melissa Kossler Dutton, chicagotribune.com, 8 Aug. 2017 That steep $2,000 sticker includes a knockout feature — a writable Blu-ray drive; at $1,600 without it, the laptop is a bargain. Christopher Null, WIRED, 23 Oct. 2007 After this, the attacker can access the world-writable (non-restricted) file that controls which programs run on boot, and the attacker may add his own to the list. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 7 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of writable was in 1782

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“Writable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writable. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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