winnable

[win-uh-buhl]
adjective
that can be won: a winnable war.

Origin:
1535–45; win + -able

winnability, noun
unwinnable, adjective
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win1 (wɪn)
 
vb (when intr, foll by out, through, etc) , wins, winning, won
1.  (intr) to achieve first place in a competition
2.  (tr) to gain or receive (a prize, first place, etc) in a competition
3.  (tr) to succeed in or gain (something) with an effort: we won recognition
4.  win one's spurs
 a.  to achieve recognition in some field of endeavour
 b.  history to be knighted
5.  to gain victory or triumph in (a battle, argument, etc)
6.  (tr) to earn or procure (a living, etc) by work
7.  (tr) to take possession of, esp violently; capture: the Germans never won Leningrad
8.  to reach with difficulty (a desired condition or position) or become free, loose, etc, with effort: the boat won the shore; the boat won through to the shore
9.  (tr) to turn someone into (a supporter, enemy, etc): you have just won an ally
10.  (tr) to gain (the sympathy, loyalty, etc) of someone
11.  (tr) to obtain (a woman, etc) in marriage
12.  (tr)
 a.  to extract (ore, coal, etc) from a mine
 b.  to extract (metal or other minerals) from ore
 c.  to discover and make (a mineral deposit) accessible for mining
13.  informal you can't win an expression of resignation after an unsuccessful attempt to overcome difficulties
 
n
14.  informal a success, victory, or triumph
15.  profit; winnings
16.  the act or fact of reaching the finishing line or post first
 
[Old English winnan; related to Old Norse vinna, German gewinnen]
 
'winnable1
 
adj

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Example sentences
Those games have all been losses, and further, they were all winnable games at the half.
He tempered his gloom by saying that the war is still winnable but argued that a new strategy is needed.
We know that troop surge alone cant make this war winnable.
Gotcha, then it's a better case then, maybe winnable.
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