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[prak-ti-kuh-buh l] /ˈpræk tɪ kə bəl/
capable of being done, effected, or put into practice, with the available means; feasible:
a practicable solution.
capable of being used:
a practicable gift.
Theater. (of a stage property or part of a set) designed or constructed for actual use; a practicable window; practicable water faucets.
Origin of practicable
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)
1. workable, achievable, attainable. See possible.
1. unfeasible. Unabridged
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  • It may be seriously questioned, therefore, whether any increase in the income tax above the British rate is practicable.

  • In this case artificial fecundation by the syringe is practicable.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • We would be very sorry to see, even if it was practicable, our people leaving the cities en masse.

    Catholic Colonization in Minnesota Catholic Colonization Bureau of Minnesota
  • Next morning Watt began to put his scheme to the test and found it practicable.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • But here, at Lame Gulch, he felt it incumbent upon him to enter as far as was practicable into the spirit of the piece.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • I'll come with you, if you'll find a practicable train; I'm going to Crawleigh.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • The river once crossed, they had only before them, from k to z, slopes which were practicable to debouch on the plateau of Chancy.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2 Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
British Dictionary definitions for practicable


capable of being done; feasible
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

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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