Definition of workable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwəːkəb(ə)l/


1Able to be worked, fashioned, or manipulated: more flour and salt can be added until they make a workable dough
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  • That way come the spring the soil will hopefully be much more workable than this year, when the bed vacated by the pigs was quite badly panned and took a lot of effort to open up.
  • As the ground becomes warmer and more workable, plant out onion sets and shallots in the vegetable plot.
  • The solvents act to decrease the viscosity of the bitumen making it more workable.
2Capable of producing the desired effect or result; practicable; feasible: a workable peace settlement
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  • We have a shortage of anyone capable of realising modern workable and innovative policies which will benefit the local community.
  • Only out of free and open debate can you achieve workable policies.
  • Based on the above hopeful interactions, I am convinced that joint custody is workable and feasible in this case.
practicable, feasible, viable, possible, within the bounds/realms of possibility, achievable, accomplishable;
realistic, reasonable, sensible, practical
informal doable



Pronunciation: /wəːkəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • As with other metal systems, copper is intentionally alloyed to improve its strength without unduly degrading ductility or workability.
  • It requires sensitivity to each country's history and cultures to ensure the workability and legitimacy of the institutions that have to be built as part of the reform.
  • We also need to address the issue of workability, which is a particular issue for ‘adaptive’ women with young families and older workers.


Example sentences
  • Industry critics pointed out that California's electricity supply was ‘not workably competitive,’ and predicted that price competition among producers would not take place.
  • In some long run sense, however, these effects disappear and, under the conditions presumed necessary for a workably competitive economy, the primary conclusion seems to stand up.
  • In its ‘fairy story’ version, the objection does not even deal with workably comprehensive belief-systems, concentrating rather on individual stories or theories.



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