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[sur-vuh-suh-buh l] /ˈsɜr və sə bəl/
capable of or being of service; useful.
wearing well; durable:
serviceable cloth.
capable of being used, worn, cleaned, repaired, etc., easily.
Origin of serviceable
1300-50; service1 + -able; replacing Middle English servisable < Middle French
Related forms
serviceability, serviceableness, noun
serviceably, adverb
nonserviceability, noun
nonserviceable, adjective
nonserviceableness, noun
nonserviceably, adverb
unserviceable, adjective
unserviceableness, noun
unserviceably, adverb
1. effective, usable, functional. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for serviceable
  • He had a low slung serviceable tricycle that was much more stable than the original design with its high center gravity.
  • So let's try this again with a new theme, one that folks might find a little more serviceable: waiters and waitresses.
  • Color palette could be better although the brushwork is serviceable.
  • Flying people on solid rockets when perfectly serviceable reusable liquid engines are available is pork, plain and simple.
  • But one needn't be born with an excellent voice to develop a good, serviceable one.
  • He must speak of them in a language that is politically serviceable and intelligible.
  • The guitar fret board and piano keys aren't anywhere near full-size, but they're serviceable.
  • The supporting cast is serviceable but saddled with on-the-nose dialogue.
  • Violence is, sadly enough, a perfectly serviceable behavior from a gene's eye view.
  • Within are the still serviceable remains of an advanced civilization and the humanoid skeletons of its builders.
British Dictionary definitions for serviceable


capable of or ready for service; usable
capable of giving good service; durable
(archaic) diligent in service
Derived Forms
serviceability, serviceableness, noun
serviceably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for serviceable

"ready to do service," early 14c., from Old French servicable, from servise (see service (n.1)). Related: Serviceability.

Edgar: I know thee well: a serviceable villain,
As duteous to the vices of thy mistress
As badness would desire.
["King Lear," Act IV, Scene vi]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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