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[wur-kuh-buh l] /ˈwɜr kə bəl/
practicable or feasible:
He needs a workable schedule.
capable of or suitable for being worked.
Origin of workable
1535-45; work + -able
Related forms
workability, workableness, noun
unworkability, noun
unworkable, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • But the project also needed someone who could translate the community's goals into a workable college plan.
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  • The history of copy protection proves that concessions can be workable.
  • Eventually you must always figure out which of your possible solutions are workable and which are not.
British Dictionary definitions for workable


practicable or feasible
able to be worked
Derived Forms
workability, workableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for workable

1540s, from work (v.) + -able. Related: Workably.

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