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or useable

[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.
Origin of usable
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French; see use, -able
Related forms
usability, usableness, noun
useability, useableness, noun
usably, useably, adverb
nonreusable, nonreuseable, adjective, noun
nonusable, nonuseable, adjective
reusability, reuseability, noun
reusable, reuseable, adjective
reusableness, reuseableness, noun
unusable, unuseable, adjective
unusableness, unuseableness, noun
unusably, unuseably, adverb Unabridged
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  • We then started in the boat, and took Mr. Burton to Barrow, there being no usable jetty at Barton.

    The Hero of the Humber Henry Woodcock
  • They would not travel in usable paths, so they were never developed.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • Often only the tip was missing, but, of course, such individuals were not usable in the study of proportions of the tail.

  • The result was that when the saddle of mutton was served, she had no usable knife.

    A Little Country Girl Susan Coolidge
  • In fact, the lads were much nearer the complete exhaustion of their supply of usable atmosphere than they really comprehended.

    Boy Scouts in the North Sea G. Harvey Ralphson
British Dictionary definitions for usable


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

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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