Definition of navigable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnavəɡəb(ə)l/


1(Of a waterway or sea) able to be sailed on by ships or boats.
Example sentences
  • These are the two main navigable waterways leading to ports in Iraq.
  • France alone has almost 4,200 miles of navigable waterways.
  • The Atlantic facade offers warm, mostly navigable seas, a complex, mineral-rich geology, and spectacular biodiversity.
1.1(Of a track or road) suitable for transportation; passable: those minor roads would be navigable in emergencies
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  • Although heavily pitted and badly repaired, the motorway was still navigable.
  • Haven't we all, at some time, had to face the near trauma of parking aside for hours waiting for flooded roads to become navigable?
  • The tarmac then gives way to a stony track which is navigable by most pushchairs, assisted wheelchair users and powerchairs.
1.2(Especially of a website) easy to get around in; maneuverable: a navigable Web browser
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  • The easily navigable Website organizes its archive into four parts, running chronologically from pre-publication to response.
  • Many of our informants emphasized how important it is to have an easily navigable Web site.
  • The short films, no longer an endangered species, are archived on an easily navigable Web site.



Pronunciation: /ˌnavəɡəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • However, this bridge was the limit of navigability of the river, which is why it is the furthest upstream that you find the remnants of docks.
  • India cites fishing activity in the creek as evidence of its navigability.
  • Water depth has no bearing on statutory navigability.


Early 16th century: from French navigable or Latin navigabilis, from the verb navigare 'to sail' (see navigate).

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Syllabification: nav·i·ga·ble

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