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
We might at least remember that what we call practicable justice has never yet attained the gracious results of Christ's romantic justice.
Order and privilege are condemned; total democracy, as direct as practicable, is the professed radical ideal.
Atlantic unity, with bonds as loose as we have them, as tight as may be practicable, is a safer bet than European union.
In the case of the King, the only amends practicable is the restoration of the Ministers possessing the confidence of the country.
When a government takes control of a failing firm and injects capital but with the plan to divest as soon as practicable, that is a receivership/conservatorship, not socialism. abb1 says:
This route was described as practicable for camels, and ran through lands belonging to tribes whose headmen were with me, a fact which should, I thought, ensure our being free from attack.
It assumes that to be practicable, which is impossible, namely, that there can be freedom with slavery, union with injustice, and safety with blood guiltiness.
It assumes that to be practicable, which is impossible, namely, that there can be freedom with slavery, union with injustice, and safety with bloodguiltiness.
They were therefore requested to engage a suitable person, and on the best terms practicable, and cause him to be on the premises as early as the 1st of December next.
It might indeed be called a practicable waltz lavishly adorned.
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