Definition of serviceable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəːvɪsəb(ə)l/


1Fulfilling its function adequately; usable: an ageing but still serviceable water supply system
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  • He calls ‘functionalism’ a serviceable concept, and notes that he, like all other anthropologists, use it and its theories.
  • And I must say she's been a very serviceable vehicle.
  • And that makes it more than serviceable for the normal run of fanatical ideologues, confirmed partisans and weak-minded bumpkins to make use of endlessly.
usable, workable, viable, useful, of use
1.1In working order: only twelve aircraft were fully serviceable this morning
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  • Sam Barker said his father and other personnel were ordered to evacuate, but there were only four serviceable aircraft.
  • Under normal operational conditions, a serviceable object becomes unserviceable by reason of malfunction.
  • A number of operation modes can be used if equipment is not serviceable.
2Functional and durable rather than attractive: sturdy, serviceable laced-up shoes
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  • She had serviceable furniture, a few photos and two paintings on the wall.
  • However, most of the time it is perfectly serviceable and it is attracting many business users as well as technically savvy and cost-conscious students.
  • She glanced at her watch - a plain, serviceable black Swatch she had received last Christmas from her uncle.
functional, utilitarian, sensible, practical, non-decorative, plain, unadorned;
hard-wearing, durable, lasting, long-lasting, tough, strong, robust, wear-resistant



Pronunciation: /səːvɪsəˈbɪlɪti/
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  • He called for the return of academia to its roots, which include the concepts of serviceability, practicality, and reality.
  • At least two lanes are expected to be open soon, however, major construction will be required to return the highway to full serviceability.
  • The design focus and primary application is telecommunications systems needing extreme reliability, availability and serviceability.


Pronunciation: /ˈsəːvɪsəbli/
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  • She was dressed serviceably in a grey dress, her hair was pinned up in a neat bun, and she was wearing glasses.
  • Peter O'Donohue and Aaron Kopp aided serviceably in the team effort.
  • As far as technical details well, there's nothing wrong with the picture or sound quality; both are serviceably decent.


Middle English (in the sense 'willing to be of service'): from Old French servisable, from servise (see service).

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