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practicable
used in Moby Dick

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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
  • And this is the Bibliographical system here adopted; and it is the only one that can possibly succeed, for it alone is practicable.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (53% in)
  • Tumbled into the water, it accordingly is in such cases; the spare coils of box line (mentioned in a preceding chapter) making this feat, in most instances, prudently practicable.
    Chapters 61-63 — Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (94% in)
  • The three corresponding new sails were now bent and reefed, and a storm-trysail was set further aft; so that the ship soon went through the water with some precision again; and the course—for the present, East-south-east—which he was to steer, if practicable, was once more given to the helmsman.
    Chapters 121-123 — Midnight, on the Forecastle; Midnight, Aloft; The Musket (48% in)
  • Besides, the old man well knew that to steer by transpointed needles, though clumsily practicable, was not a thing to be passed over by superstitious sailors, without some shudderings and evil portents.
    Chapters 124-126 — The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (24% in)

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