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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has now become so much harder for a Tory leader to persuade a dubious electorate that his policies are practicable and viable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most encouragingly, everyone believes that improvement is possible and practicable.’
    • ‘The requirement is to make risks as low as is reasonably practicable.’
    • ‘And I did consider it reasonably practicable for the works to be carried out: see paragraphs 24 and 86 of the judgment.’
    • ‘It would be irresponsible of the present Government not to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that British citizens are defended.’
    • ‘A violent conquest would be followed by a prolonged period of martial law before the successful imposition of the English law became practicable.’
    • ‘Again, as with maternity leave, he can change his mind but has to give 28 days notice (unless not reasonably practicable to do so).’
    • ‘Any future disclosure would be preceded by prior notification to the Claimant save in exceptional circumstances where this was not reasonably practicable.’
    • ‘They had to look at what is practicable and achievable.’
    • ‘This is a practicable possibility if the trial is in Ottawa but not if it is in London.’
    • ‘Section 9 requires employers to eliminate hazards whenever it is reasonably practicable to do so.’
    • ‘Many of his goals, such as making lone parent policies sensible and practicable, have already been well aired.’
    • ‘So I must deploy all possible, practicable means to be covert.’
    • ‘Computer networking and modern phone systems make this possible, if not practicable: hoteling was a disaster.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think in a service of total review of resourcing it is neither practicable nor doable.’
    • ‘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.’
    practical, workable, achievable, attainable, realizable, viable, realistic, sensible, reasonable, within reason, within the bounds of possibility
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    1. 1.1 Able 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’.