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

  • adj. Being such that use or operation is possible: an operable machine.
  • adj. Possible to put into practice; practicable: an operable plan.
  • adj. Treatable by surgical operation with a reasonable degree of safety and chance of success: an operable cancer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to be operated or used
  • adj. Able to be put into operation; practicable
  • adj. Able to be treated by surgery

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Practicable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Practicable.

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

  • adj. capable of being treated by surgical operation
  • adj. fit or ready for use or service
  • adj. usable for a specific purpose


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