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serviceable

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French servicable, from servise.

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serviceable (comparative more serviceable, superlative most serviceable)

  1. Easy to service.
  2. Repairable instead of disposable.
  3. In condition for use.
    • 1719-, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      I employed myself in making, as well as I could, a great many baskets, both to carry earth or to carry or lay up anything, as I had occasion; and though I did not finish them very handsomely, yet I made them sufficiently serviceable for my purpose...
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter II:
      There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.

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