Definition of operable in English:



  • 1Able to be used.

    ‘less than half the rail network was operable’
    • ‘The report also stated the system of voluntary coordination appears to be operable and we would make a preliminary recommendation that it continue in place for the next four years.’
    • ‘After substantial repairs, including deployment of the parasol-type sunshade, which cooled the inside temperatures, the workshop was declared fully operable.’
    • ‘Account holders need to be more efficient in sorting their emails and ensure there is enough operable space.’
    • ‘But the challenge ahead lies in making the decree operable, so that it complements other regulations and is adopted by the regions, thus assisting in eliminating victim stigmatization and discrimination in the workplace.’
    • ‘Instead, the feckless British Parliament is off on an 80-day holiday and the new laws will have to wait until spring 2006 before they become operable.’
    • ‘Restoring the locomotive's exterior would cost up to $374,000, and restoring it inside and outside to operable condition would cost up to $1.17 million, Withuhn said.’
    • ‘With keys often left in vehicles, access to keys often unregulated, and manufacturers' keys sometimes operable on more than one unit, thieves often are able to simply drive equipment off a work site.’
    • ‘Once DNA sequencing devices become operable by an unskilled individual anyone will be able to find out their own DNA sequence.’
    • ‘Whatever else he does, therefore, the Chancellor must be mindful that any new schemes he introduces this week aimed, with good intentions, at helping to stimulate the economy have to be operable.’
    • ‘The right of recall will only be allowed and can only be operable in context of a different political culture and a completely different system of human relationships.’
    • ‘At the time of the slip, Hubble was expected to continue to remain operable until 2006 or early 2007, at which time a failure of either the telescope's batteries or gyroscopes will render it inoperable.’
    • ‘Only if we act together to complete the construction of the EU into a fully operable entity can the European nations expect to maintain influence in the world.’
    • ‘If you're selling an electronic gadget, the unit on display must be operable.’
    • ‘Up to eight devices can be connected to a computer, and everything will be operable through the mouse, says Chezhian.’
    • ‘Iowa State's 150-ton teaching reactor, first operable in November 1959, was one of the first teaching reactors operated by a U.S. university.’
    • ‘He said that only 75 percent of the existing 800 water hydrants located near high-rises and other public facilities were operable.’
    • ‘In Brentwood's City Hall, offices are massed around a spacious skylit central atrium, ensuring that most workers have access to daylight and views from the building's operable full-length windows.’
    • ‘Just like other tools, guns need regular maintenance to remain operable.’
    • ‘Five per cent were of the 15-20 age group, ten per cent of 20-25 year-olds had no clue and believed it was not operable until 2005.’
    • ‘Over the coming year, the Patton Museum staff and volunteers will begin the careful process of research, documentation, and eventual restoration of both pieces to fully operable condition.’
  • 2Able to be treated by means of a surgical operation.

    ‘operable breast cancer’
    • ‘The Shawclough Primary pupil, nicknamed The Rhino by his pals, will be told after his sixth round of treatment in December whether the tumour is operable.’
    • ‘Within five years of the diagnosis of operable breast cancer, the disease recurs in up to one third of women.’
    • ‘On the 6th week, he had a check-up and the doctor said it was unbelievable, but the cancer had shrunken, and was now operable, and that they would take out one lung.’
    • ‘Stages I and II are locally operable and are generally treated by modified radical mastectomy.’
    • ‘I was quite hopeful her condition was operable.’
    • ‘Early diagnosis and surgical intervention for operable lesions is a crucial factor in determining patients' outcomes’
    • ‘They received follow-up data from the Greater Glasgow Health Board Audit of operable breast cancers.’
    • ‘After his sixth course of chemotherapy on Monday doctors at Pendlebury will discover whether the tumour on his spine is operable and if he will be able to walk again.’
    • ‘Whatever the case may be, it is clear that surgical treatment for operable lung cancer has come a far way since its formidable beginning of pneumonectomy in 1933.’
    • ‘Sister John's headaches are epileptic in nature, temporal-lobe seizures, and are caused by an operable menangioma above her right ear.’
    • ‘But then George Turner, a surgeon at the Royal Eye Hospital in Manchester, decided the condition was operable.’
    • ‘An alternative staging workup strategy might be to evaluate potentially operable patients with suspected or proven lung cancer by a single highly specific test to identify those with contralateral mediastinal tumor spread.’
    • ‘And what proportion of the cancers were what would be considered operable?’
    • ‘Between a quarter and a third of women diagnosed with operable breast cancer will have a recurrence of their disease within five years of it being diagnosed.’
    • ‘Fortunately both were operable, but the frequency of such illnesses is much higher in survivors of the A-bomb.’
    • ‘Routine operations were cancelled: some patients reportedly went from having operable to inoperable cancer.’
    • ‘But first, the doctors issued a statement today that his two cancerous spots have not spread and are operable.’
    • ‘Tell us about the brain tumours, because at least colon cancer is usually operable and if you get it early enough it's curable.’
    • ‘At 77, he learned he had operable cancer, but opted instead to take his own life after leaving a videotaped testimonial as to why he did so.’
    • ‘There has been an increasing trend to give chemotherapy to almost all young patients with operable breast cancer regardless of lymph node status.’
    workable, feasible, practicable, practical, applicable, usable, manageable, operational, possible, within the bounds of possibility, within the realms of possibility, within reach, within reason, likely, achievable, attainable, accomplishable, realizable, reasonable, sensible, realistic, logical, useful, of use, serviceable, suitable, expedient, effective, valid, tenable
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Mid 17th century: from late Latin operabilis, from Latin operari ‘expend labour on’ (see operate).