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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 useable
  • Solar energy is the technology used to harness the sun's energy and make it useable.
  • Paper can usually be recycled five to seven times before its fibers become too short to be useable for new paper.
  • During the winter ice roads are used, but the useable season for those is getting shorter.
  • Computer programmers do their best to make their work useable by everyone, but this does not always translate well.
  • Only when failure is recognized can dead ends be abandoned and useable pieces of failed programs be recycled.
  • In other words, he asked for the data after it had been processed and sifted, and churned into a useable format.
  • What they want is the means to convert these dollars to something more useable.
  • Anyone can make one of these and they generate more useable, cheaper, and much easier to produce energy than photovoltaics.
  • Unfortunately, converting the stuff into useable forms remains a difficult process.
  • The nitrates and other minerals can easily be recaptured and reprocessed by plants into a useable medium.
British Dictionary definitions for useable


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



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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