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[nav-i-guh-buh l] /ˈnæv ɪ gə bəl/
deep and wide enough to provide passage to ships:
a navigable channel.
capable of being steered or guided, as a ship, aircraft, or missile.
Origin of navigable
1520-30; < Latin nāvigābilis, equivalent to nāvigā(re) to sail (see navigate) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
navigability, navigableness, noun
navigably, adverb
nonnavigability, noun
nonnavigable, adjective
nonnavigableness, noun
nonnavigably, adverb
unnavigability, noun
unnavigable, adjective
unnavigableness, noun
unnavigably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for navigable
  • The city's downtown and its old, close-in neighborhoods are easily navigable and mostly within walking distance of each other.
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  • Federal regulations control construction, excavation and disposal in and around navigable waters.
  • However, because of the remoteness of the area and the lack of navigable waterways many of the old giants were saved from the ax.
  • As its name suggests, the park boasts a large, navigable underground river that empties directly into the sea.
  • By the turn of the century, experiments were taking place with navigable balloons.
  • These boats now make up a permanent moored community, but the boats are navigable and can explore other waters.
  • Take a taxi to the highest navigable lake in the world.
  • Still, it's an easily navigable hockey puck with controls that actually not excruciatingly difficult to use.
  • The intervening land is cut up by bayous filled from the river in high water-many of them navigable for steamers.
British Dictionary definitions for navigable


wide, deep, or safe enough to be sailed on or through: a navigable channel
capable of being steered or controlled: a navigable raft
Derived Forms
navigability, navigableness, noun
navigably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for navigable

mid-15c., from Old French navigable (14c.) or directly from Latin navigabilis, from navigat-, past participle stem of navigare (see navigation). Related: Navigability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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