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[yoo-zuh-buh l] /ˈyu zə bəl/
available or convenient for use:
2000 square feet of usable office space.
capable of being used:
That saw is no longer usable.
Also, useable.
Origin of usable
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French; see use, -able
Related forms
usability, usableness, noun
usably, adverb
nonreusable, adjective, noun
nonusable, adjective
reusability, noun
reusable, adjective
reusableness, noun
unusable, adjective
unusableness, noun
unusably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Results: higher energy gain than this, same reusable materials at the end.
  • All to-go food taken away for late-night snacks or meals during exam-time crams travels in the reusable containers.
  • The tide toward tap has boosted businesses that make reusable water bottles, especially aluminum and stainless steel varieties.
  • Use reusable shopping bags to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags your family uses when grocery shopping.
  • The shuttle was supposed to be a reusable truck that would make the business of putting people into orbit quotidian.
  • The original concept was a completely reusable vehicle that was capable of quick turnaround.
  • Gecko feet have long been a source of inspiration to scientists striving to make superstrong, reusable adhesives.
  • For these kinds of applications, it's important that the tape be reusable.
  • The tape is reusable and will not dry up or slide off the wall because, unlike ordinary tape, it does not use viscoelastic glues.
  • They want to test the parachute-based recovery system for the reusable first stage.
British Dictionary definitions for reusable


able to be used more than once


able to be used
Derived Forms
usability, useability, usableness, useableness, noun
usably, useably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reusable

1922, from re- "back, again" + usable. Non-reusable is attested from 1905.



late 14c., from Old French usable (early 14c.), from user (see use). Not a common word before c.1840. Related: Usably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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