practicability


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prac·ti·ca·ble

 (prăk′tĭ-kə-bəl)
adj.
1. Capable of being effected, done, or put into practice; feasible. See Synonyms at possible.
2. Usable for a specified purpose: a practicable way of entry.

[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.]

prac′ti·ca·bil′i·ty n.
prac′ti·ca·bly adv.
Usage Note: It is easy to confuse practicable and practical because they look so much alike and overlap in meaning. Practicable means "feasible" as well as "usable," and it cannot be applied to persons. Practical has at least six meanings, including the sense "capable of being put into effect, useful," wherein the confusion with practicable arises. But there is a subtle distinction between these words that is worth keeping. For the purpose of ordering coffee in a Parisian café, it would be practical (that is, useful) to learn some French, but it still might not be practicable for someone with a busy schedule and little time to learn.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.practicability - the quality of being usable
usefulness, utility - the quality of being of practical use
feasibility, feasibleness - the quality of being doable
impracticability, impracticableness - the quality of not being usable

practicability

noun feasibility, use, value, advantage, possibility, practicality, viability, usefulness, workability, operability We discussed the practicability of the idea.
Translations
كَوْن الشَّيء ممكنا
uskutečnitelnost
gennemførlighed
kivihetõség
framkvæmanleiki
kullanışlılık

practicability

[ˌpræktɪkəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nviabilidad f, factibilidad f

practicability

[ˌpræktɪkəˈbɪlɪti] n [idea, policy, scheme] → possibilité f de réalisation

practicability

nDurchführbarkeit f, → Praktikabilität f (rare); (of road)Befahrbarkeit f

practicability

[ˌpræktɪkəˈbɪlɪtɪ] npraticabilità, attuabilità

practicable

(ˈprӕktikəbl) adjective
able to be used or done. a practicable plan.
ˈpracticably adverb
ˈpracticableness noun
ˌpracticaˈbility noun
References in classic literature ?
On a comparison of this extent with that of several countries in Europe, the practicability of rendering our system commensurate to it appears to be demonstrable.
It seemed to combine a great deal of practicability with no inconsiderable enjoyment in a quiet way; for how delightful it would be to look down upon the detested old vessel from the height of some thousand feet, and contrast the verdant scenery about me with the recollection of her narrow decks and gloomy forecastle
This is the signal for all the females present to commence talking "baby," during which time you are left to your own sad thoughts and the speculations upon the practicability of suddenly recollecting an important engagement, and the likelihood of your being believed if you do.
For the practicability of his ideas has nothing to do with their truth; and the highest thoughts to which he attains may be truly said to bear the greatest "marks of design"--justice more than the external frame-work of the State, the idea of good more than justice.
The reports published by them of their expedition demonstrated the practicability of establishing a line of communication across the continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
I know it, Meg, for I've tried it, and I seldom give advice unless I've proved its practicability.
As Hawkeye ceased speaking, four human heads could be seen peering above a few logs of drift-wood that had lodged on these naked rocks, and which had probably suggested the idea of the practicability of the hazardous undertaking.
After what had passed to wound and alienate the two families, the continuance of the Bertrams and Grants in such close neighbourhood would have been most distressing; but the absence of the latter, for some months purposely lengthened, ended very fortunately in the necessity, or at least the practicability, of a permanent removal.
I believed unhesitatingly both in his forecast of human destiny and in the practicability of his astonishing scheme, and the reader who thinks me sus- ceptible and foolish must contrast his position, reading steadily with all his thoughts about his subject, and mine, crouching fearfully in the bushes and listening, distracted by apprehension.
I am convinced of the perfect practicability of its removal.
Bagnet both engage to have the requisite information ready and even hint to each other at the practicability of having a small stock collected there for approval.
He had been drawing Tom out, rather than reflecting on the practicability of his proposal.