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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Capable of being effected, done, or put into practice; feasible. synonym: possible.
  • adjective Usable for a specified purpose.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective That may be practiced or performed; capable of being done or accomplished with available means or resources; feasible
  • adjective Capable of being used; passable
  • adjective (Mil.) a breach which admits of approach and entrance by an assailing party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French praticable.

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