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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.
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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Examples from the web for usable
  • We've established this wiki to help focus attention on valuable data resources that need to be made more accessible or usable.
  • It is more than necessary to see that the pins are usable and not rust to the head.
  • Only airports with usable runways are included in this listing.
  • The garden, which slopes away from the house, was parceled into a series of terraces to maximize the usable area.
  • Choose sliced tofu from this recipe's list of usable proteins, and go wild with your choice of vegetable options.
  • New research shows how such biological power plants can be stacked to create usable current.
  • In other words, these advanced ideas will only be usable on new construction homes.
  • From an entropy perspective, economic growth is the progressive transformation of usable energy into unavailable energy.
  • And then the plastids keep on doing what they do, which is convert sunlight to usable energy.
  • usable fuel from algae additionally requires refining and distribution.
British Dictionary definitions for usable


able to be used
Derived Forms
usability, useability, usableness, useableness, noun
usably, useably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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