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Tuesday, November 26, 2002

practicable

\PRAK-tik-uh-buhl\ , adjective;
1.
Capable of being done, accomplished, or put into practice; feasible; as, "a practicable method; a practicable aim."
2.
Capable of being used; usable.
Quotes:
The authors give easy-to-follow instructions on coping with a whole ham leg, and so many ways to cook with it that the project even seems practicable.
-- Corby Kummer, "Ham & Beans to the Rescue", The Atlantic, February 16, 2000
It was considered best to baptise the child on the same day as its birth, if such haste were practicable, since an infant unbaptised would be consigned to limbo after its death.
-- Peter Ackroyd, The Life of Thomas More
Contemporary wireless sets, dependent on sources of energy too large and heavy to be useful militarily outside warships, were not practicable tools of command in the field.
-- John Keegan, The First World War
Origin:
Practicable derives from Late Latin practicare, "to act; to practice," from practicus, from Greek praktikos, "able in; fit for; doing; active," from prassein, "to do; to do habitually."
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