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[proh-gram-uh-buh l, proh-gram-] /ˈproʊ græm ə bəl, proʊˈgræm-/
capable of being programmed.
an electronic device, as a calculator or telephone, that can be programmed to perform specific tasks.
Origin of programmable
1955-60; program + -able
Related forms
programmability, noun
nonprogrammable, adjective
reprogrammable, adjective
unprogrammable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for programmable
  • Install a programmable thermostat to stop running your heater and air conditioner needlessly.
  • Use programmable thermostats to let managers and employees control temperature settings both by time of day and room-by-room.
  • Most are custom-fitted, programmable and designed for daily use.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to heat and cool rooms only when necessary.
  • As others have already said programmable microcode is a much softer and realistic target than hardwired logic.
  • Not suffering similar consequences qualifies programmable decision processors as sociopaths or psychopaths.
  • My heat and hot water heater are on timers or programmable thermostats such that they dont come on during peak load periods.
  • In college, use of programmable graphing calculators should be mandated.
  • Our current apartment is the first one we've had that had a programmable thermostat.
  • Or installing motion sensors and programmable thermostats that turn out lights and air conditioners when no one's in the room.
British Dictionary definitions for programmable


(esp of a device or operation) capable of being programmed for automatic operation or computer processing
Derived Forms
programmability, noun
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Word Origin and History for programmable

1959, from program (v.) + -able.

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