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practicable

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Definition capable of being done with means at hand and circumstances as they are

or more rarely:

usable for a specific purpose
  • a dangerous, but practicable plan
  • Investment based on genuine long-term expectation is scarcely practicable in the current political environment.
  • One of these ridges, which appeared more practicable than the rest, we determined to climb, convinced that it would conduct us to the heights beyond.
    Herman Melville  --  Typee
  • "I know it, Meg, for I've tried it, and I seldom give advice unless I've proved its practicability.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Which is the easiest and most practicable plan, RECONCILIATION OR INDEPENDANCE?
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • But we did try very hard not to let it be known abroad that we were trying to make it practicable.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • The pit dropped sheerly from my feet, but a little way along the rubbish afforded a practicable slope to the summit of the ruins.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Aside from the ethics of the matter, I'm afraid it isn't practicable.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • All the buildings and trees seemed easily practicable to such dexterous climbers as the Morlocks, to judge by their wells, must be.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • My relatives were constantly on the lookout for a chance of escape; but none offered that seemed practicable, and even tolerably safe.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The passage of the vehicles might have been practicable if empty; but built up with hay to the bedroom windows as one was, it was impossible.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • It would hardly be practicable to fold a blanket of blubber twenty centimetres thick around that framework.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • Even the one plan that was practicable, suicide, they had no intention of carrying out.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It is possible, Haidee, that so perfect a seclusion, though conformable with the habits and customs of the East, may not be practicable in Paris.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He had been drawing Tom out, rather than reflecting on the practicability of his proposal.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The absolute should be practicable.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Is it practicable for any of the others to double it?
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • —How can you imagine such conduct practicable?
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The council listened, then voiced agreement that a "vigorous attempt" should be made, but only when "practicable."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • I am convinced of the perfect practicability of its removal.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark

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