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

  • adjective Ready for service; usable.
  • adjective Able to give long service; durable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Disposed to be of service; willing; diligent; attentive.
  • Connected with service; proffering service.
  • Capable of rendering useful service; promoting happiness, interest, advantage, or any good; useful; beneficial; advantageous.
  • Durable; admitting of hard or long use or wear: as, a serviceable fabric.

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

  • adjective Doing service; promoting happiness, interest, advantage, or any good; useful to any end; adapted to any good end use; beneficial; advantageous.
  • adjective Prepared for rendering service; capable of, or fit for, the performance of duty; hence, active; diligent.

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

  • adjective Easy to service
  • adjective Repairable instead of disposable
  • adjective In condition for use

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

  • adjective intended or able to serve a purpose without elaboration
  • adjective capable of being put to good use
  • adjective ready for service or able to give long service


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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