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workable

[wur-kuh-buh l] /ˈwɜr kə bəl/
adjective
1.
practicable or feasible:
He needs a workable schedule.
2.
capable of or suitable for being worked.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; work + -able
Related forms
workability, workableness, noun
unworkability, noun
unworkable, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for workable

workable

/ˈwɜːkəbəl/
adjective
1.
practicable or feasible
2.
able to be worked
Derived Forms
workability, workableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for workable
adj.

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

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