Definition of workable in English:



  • 1Able to be worked, fashioned, or manipulated.

    ‘more flour and salt can be added until they make a workable dough’
    • ‘The solvents act to decrease the viscosity of the bitumen making it more workable.’
    • ‘Extraction began in 1864 in California and Nevada, after commercially workable deposits were found in alkaline desert marshes.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Capable of producing the desired effect or result; practicable; feasible.

    ‘a workable peace settlement’
    • ‘Are you actually waiting to see what they're going to propose in detail, to see if it is possibly workable?’
    • ‘We want a workable policy whether you keep a few sheep or a lot of sheep.’
    • ‘Dembski sets out to fashion a workable notion of supernatural intervention.’
    • ‘At the outset, it seemed like a reasonable and workable arrangement.’
    • ‘Based on the above hopeful interactions, I am convinced that joint custody is workable and feasible in this case.’
    • ‘This book is about achieving workable strategy in a complex world.’
    • ‘This is not that kind of situation; we are involved with a workable, practical situation.’
    • ‘It is a reasonable, clear and workable requirement that anybody in public life abides by certain codes.’
    • ‘It matters not a jot whether what they propose is sensible or workable.’
    • ‘The four ideals in fact cannot exist at the same time to form a reasonable and workable system.’
    • ‘The government, he said, should break down the task into workable policies covering all related sectors.’
    • ‘This is very helpful, as creating workable policies generally requires a lot of time and effort.’
    • ‘Only out of free and open debate can you achieve workable policies.’
    • ‘I knew that I was going to have to come up with a plan that was reasonable and workable.’
    • ‘Progress has been good, with a number of workable prototypes developed and good results in field tests.’
    • ‘More to the point, though, they've settled on a workable sound and they use it quite effectively.’
    • ‘This seems to me an eminently practical and workable scheme of legislation.’
    • ‘The statement indicated the hospital was doing everything possible to find a workable solution.’
    • ‘The features are good, and the resulting weblogs perfectly workable: but something is lacking here.’
    • ‘We have a shortage of anyone capable of realising modern workable and innovative policies which will benefit the local community.’
    practicable, feasible, viable, possible, within the bounds of possibility, within the realms of possibility, achievable, accomplishable
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