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practicable

adjective

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2 capable of being put to use or account
  • a practicable knowledge of carpentry that came in handy when he volunteered to build houses for underprivileged families

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3 capable of or suitable for being used for a particular purpose
  • that flimsy little saw is not a very practicable tool for cutting heavy tree branches

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How does the adjective practicable differ from other similar words?

The words feasible and possible are common synonyms of practicable. While all three words mean "capable of being realized," practicable implies that something may be effected by available means or under current conditions.

a solution that is not practicable in the time available

When is feasible a more appropriate choice than practicable?

The words feasible and practicable are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, feasible applies to what is likely to work or be useful in attaining the end desired.

commercially feasible for mass production

In what contexts can possible take the place of practicable?

Although the words possible and practicable have much in common, possible implies that a thing may certainly exist or occur given the proper conditions.

a possible route up the west face of the mountain

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The first known use of practicable was in 1893

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28 May 2020

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“Practicable.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/practicable. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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