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’
    • ‘As the ground becomes warmer and more workable, plant out onion sets and shallots in the vegetable plot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Extraction began in 1864 in California and Nevada, after commercially workable deposits were found in alkaline desert marshes.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘Are you actually waiting to see what they're going to propose in detail, to see if it is possibly workable?’
    • ‘It matters not a jot whether what they propose is sensible or workable.’
    • ‘This seems to me an eminently practical and workable scheme of legislation.’
    • ‘At the outset, it seemed like a reasonable and workable arrangement.’
    • ‘Only out of free and open debate can you achieve workable policies.’
    • ‘The four ideals in fact cannot exist at the same time to form a reasonable and workable system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Based on the above hopeful interactions, I am convinced that joint custody is workable and feasible in this case.’
    • ‘The features are good, and the resulting weblogs perfectly workable: but something is lacking here.’
    • ‘This book is about achieving workable strategy in a complex world.’
    • ‘More to the point, though, they've settled on a workable sound and they use it quite effectively.’
    • ‘We have a shortage of anyone capable of realising modern workable and innovative policies which will benefit the local community.’
    • ‘The government, he said, should break down the task into workable policies covering all related sectors.’
    • ‘It is a reasonable, clear and workable requirement that anybody in public life abides by certain codes.’
    • ‘This is very helpful, as creating workable policies generally requires a lot of time and effort.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is not that kind of situation; we are involved with a workable, practical situation.’
    • ‘The statement indicated the hospital was doing everything possible to find a workable solution.’
    practicable, feasible, viable, possible, within the bounds of possibility, within the realms of possibility, achievable, accomplishable
    realistic, reasonable, sensible, practical
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