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practicable

[prak-ti-kuh-buh l] /ˈpræk tɪ kə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being done, effected, or put into practice, with the available means; feasible:
a practicable solution.
2.
capable of being used:
a practicable gift.
3.
Theater. (of a stage property or part of a set) designed or constructed for actual use; a practicable window; practicable water faucets.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Medieval Latin practic(āre) to practice + -able
Related forms
practicability, practicableness, noun
practicably, adverb
nonpracticability, noun
nonpracticable, adjective
nonpracticableness, noun
nonpracticably, adverb
Can be confused
possible, practicable, practical (see synonym study at possible; see synonym study at practical)
Synonyms
1. workable, achievable, attainable. See possible.
Antonyms
1. unfeasible.
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  • It is now settled that the rebel chief will be tried for treason, and as soon as practicable.
  • He is an old balloonist, and says the scheme is practicable.
  • The idea is that power should be devolved to the level closest to the people as is practicable.
  • There was no practicable way to involve all of us, all the time.
  • These scopes are more practicable now, when the prognostics of the political end economic barometer are halcyonic.
  • Military experts have said that the satellites would have no practicable military application in the foreseeable future.
  • Get the grid right, and it becomes far easier for any good green technology to become profitable and practicable.
  • But within a single country they may provide the best practicable solution.
  • It is envisioned that control of civil air traffic will be returned to civilian authorities as soon as practicable.
  • No more potent instrumentality for this purpose has ever been conceived and no other is practicable of establishment.
British Dictionary definitions for practicable

practicable

/ˈpræktɪkəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being done; feasible
2.
usable
Derived Forms
practicability, practicableness, noun
practicably, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French praticable, from pratiquer to practise; see practical
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Word Origin and History for practicable
adj.

1670s, from Middle French pratiquable (1590s), from pratiquer "to practice," from Medieval Latin practicare "to practice" (see practical). Related: practicableness (1640s).

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