Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of being effected, done, or put into practice; feasible. See Synonyms at possible.
  • adj. Usable for a specified purpose: a practicable way of entry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of being accomplished; feasible.
  • adj. Serving a useful function; useful, functional or handy.
  • adj. Available for use; accessible or employable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That may be practiced or performed; capable of being done or accomplished with available means or resources; feasible
  • adj. Capable of being used; passable

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being performed or effected; performable; possible in point of execution.
  • Capable of being practised.
  • Capable of being used: as, a practicable road; a practicable breach.
  • In theatrical, capable of real use, in distinction from something merely simulated: as, a practicable door, bridge, or window.
  • Suitable for practice, fulfilment, or execution; hence, desirable; advantageous.
  • Synonyms Practical, Practicable (see impracticable). Possible, Practicable, Possible notes that which may or might be performed if the necessary powers or means can or could be obtained; practicable is limited to things which may be performed by the means that one possesses or can obtain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of being done with means at hand and circumstances as they are
  • adj. usable for a specific purpose

Etymologies

Medieval Latin prācticābilis, capable of being used, from prācticāre, to practice, from prāctica, practice, from Greek prāktikē, practical science, from feminine of prāktikos, fit for action, practical, from prāssein, prāk-, to make, do.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French praticable. (Wiktionary)

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