One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an ageing but still serviceable water supply system’
in working order, working, functioning, functional, operational, operative
usable, workable, viable, useful, of use
outworn, non-functioning, unusable
2‘sturdy, serviceable lace-up shoes’
functional, utilitarian, sensible, practical, non-decorative, plain, unadorned
hard-wearing, durable, lasting, long-lasting, tough, strong, robust, wear-resistant
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