navigable

[nav-i-guh-buhl]
adjective
1.
deep and wide enough to provide passage to ships: a navigable channel.
2.
capable of being steered or guided, as a ship, aircraft, or missile.

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin nāvigābilis, equivalent to nāvigā(re) to sail (see navigate) + -bilis -ble

navigability, navigableness, noun
navigably, adverb
nonnavigability, noun
nonnavigable, adjective
nonnavigableness, noun
nonnavigably, adverb
unnavigability, noun
unnavigable, adjective
unnavigableness, noun
unnavigably, adverb
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navigable (ˈnævɪɡəbəl)
 
adj
1.  wide, deep, or safe enough to be sailed on or through: a navigable channel
2.  capable of being steered or controlled: a navigable raft
 
naviga'bility
 
n
 
'navigableness
 
n
 
'navigably
 
adv

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navigable
1520s, from navigation + -able.
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Example sentences
The city's downtown and its old, close-in neighborhoods are easily navigable
  and mostly within walking distance of each other.
Coming to you free online: a navigable genetic map of the human brain.
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.
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