Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That can be devised or invented.
  • adj. Capable of being bequeathed, or given by will.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being devised, invented, or contrived.
  • adj. Capable of being bequeathed, or given by will.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being invented or contrived.
  • Capable of being bequeathed or assigned by will.

Etymologies

devise +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They take the worst features of people, exaggerate them and reduce them to these devisable stereotypes which make it easier for us to make our minds up about.

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2008

  • It surely seemed to me that I had reached that summit, that I had reached my limit, and that there was no higher lift devisable for me.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • At least, that I had had a terrible nightmare about the ocean and refused on pain of any punishment devisable by man to go with you all.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • In unison the heads of the troops snapped in her direction, and for one astonishing minute she endured a march-past of the most comical and grotesque antics and expressions devisable by man.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • The men were to have the sanest recreation devisable for their needs and interests -- out-of-door sports, movies, housing that would permit of dignified family life, recreation centres, good and proper food, alteration in the old order of "hire and fire," and general control over the men.

    An American Idyll The Life of Carleton H. Parker

  • The fundamental laws, considered as a whole, were the wisest devisable to suit the peculiar circumstances of the Colony; but whilst many of them were disregarded or treated as a dead letter, so many loopholes were invented by the dispensers of those in operation as to render the whole system a wearisome, dilatory process.

    The Philippine Islands

  • Would to heaven that we had a sieve; that we could so much as fancy any kind of sieve, wind-fanners, or _ne plus ultra_ of machinery, devisable by man that would do it!

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 333, July 1843

  • 'Every devisable means were unsuccessful in reducing the limb to its natural position.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • But there was always Leam in the background with whom he had to reckon -- Leam, who wandered through the house in her straight-cut, plain black gown, made in the deepest fashion of mourning devisable, pale, silent, feverish, like an avenging spirit on his track; undoing what he had done if he had profaned an embodied memory of her mother, and as impervious to his anger as he was to her despair.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 097, January, 1876

  • The room was superb with flowers; the menu the best devisable; the wines not wide of range, but choice of vintage.

    Success A Novel

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