Definition of practicable in English:



  • 1Able to be done or put into practice successfully.

    ‘the measures will be put into effect as soon as is reasonably practicable’
    • ‘A violent conquest would be followed by a prolonged period of martial law before the successful imposition of the English law became practicable.’
    • ‘They had to look at what is practicable and achievable.’
    • ‘That is why it is a mistake to think of government as primarily concerned with collecting as much tax revenue as possible, practicable, or profitable.’
    • ‘I think in a service of total review of resourcing it is neither practicable nor doable.’
    • ‘Section 9 requires employers to eliminate hazards whenever it is reasonably practicable to do so.’
    • ‘This is a practicable possibility if the trial is in Ottawa but not if it is in London.’
    • ‘Again, as with maternity leave, he can change his mind but has to give 28 days notice (unless not reasonably practicable to do so).’
    • ‘Most encouragingly, everyone believes that improvement is possible and practicable.’
    • ‘It would be irresponsible of the present Government not to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that British citizens are defended.’
    • ‘The requirement is to make risks as low as is reasonably practicable.’
    • ‘Many of his goals, such as making lone parent policies sensible and practicable, have already been well aired.’
    • ‘Judicial inquiry into what was reasonably practicable in the timing of publication would be a recipe for uncertainty in an area where all parties have a common interest in certainty.’
    • ‘Any future disclosure would be preceded by prior notification to the Claimant save in exceptional circumstances where this was not reasonably practicable.’
    • ‘It has now become so much harder for a Tory leader to persuade a dubious electorate that his policies are practicable and viable.’
    • ‘Computer networking and modern phone systems make this possible, if not practicable: hoteling was a disaster.’
    • ‘In cases where enforcement of an undertaking by an order for its performance is still possible and practicable, such an order will no doubt be made more or less as a matter of course.’
    • ‘But he was released on the basis that it was no longer possible to remove him as soon as reasonably practicable.’
    • ‘It is neither practicable nor useful to provide a summary of all the reports undertaken by the CC and the conclusions reached in a book of this nature.’
    • ‘So I must deploy all possible, practicable means to be covert.’
    • ‘And I did consider it reasonably practicable for the works to be carried out: see paragraphs 24 and 86 of the judgment.’
    practical, workable, achievable, attainable, realizable, viable, realistic, sensible, reasonable, within reason, within the bounds of possibility
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    1. 1.1Able to be used; useful.
      ‘signal processing can let you transform a signal into a practicable form’
      • ‘The Board of Longitude finds that this set is both a useful and practicable solution to my need for entertainment.’
      achievable, attainable, feasible, within the bounds of possibility, viable, reasonable, sensible, logical, workable
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Mid 17th century: from French praticable, from pratiquer put into practice.