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Definitions for serviceable
ˈsɜr və sə bəlser·vice·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. serviceableadjective

    ready for service or able to give long service

    "serviceable equipment"; "heavy serviceable fabrics"

  2. serviceableadjective

    capable of being put to good use

    "a serviceable kitchen gadget"

  3. serviceableadjective

    intended or able to serve a purpose without elaboration

    "serviceable low-heeled shoes";


  1. serviceableadjective

    Easy to service

  2. serviceableadjective

    Repairable instead of disposable

  3. serviceableadjective

    In condition for use

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Serviceableadjective

    Etymology: servissable, old French, from service.

    He was sent to the King’s court, with letters from that officer, containing his own serviceable diligence in discovering so great a personage; adding withal more than was true of his conjectures. Philip Sidney.

    I know thee well, a serviceable villain;
    As duteous to the vices of thy mistress
    As badness could desire. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Religion hath force to qualify all sorts of men, and to make them, in publick affairs, the more serviceable; governors the apter to rule with conscience; inferiors, for conscience sake, the willinger to obey. Richard Hooker.

    So your father charg’d me at our parting,
    Be serviceable to my son. William Shakespeare.

    His own inclinations were to confine himself to his own business, and be serviceable to religion and learning. Francis Atterbury.

    A book to justify the revolution, archbishop Tillotson recommended to the king as the most serviceable treatise could have been published then. Jonathan Swift.


  1. serviceable

    Serviceable refers to something that is in good enough condition for use or operation; functional, useful, or capable of being used for a long period. It can also describe something or someone capable, reliable, or effective in a particular role or job.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Serviceableadjective

    doing service; promoting happiness, interest, advantage, or any good; useful to any end; adapted to any good end use; beneficial; advantageous

  2. Serviceableadjective

    prepared for rendering service; capable of, or fit for, the performance of duty; hence, active; diligent

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. serviceable

    Both as respects men and stores, capable of or fit for duty.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. serviceable

    Capable of performing all military duty, or of being used in the military service.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of serviceable in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of serviceable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of serviceable in a Sentence

  1. William Graham Sumner:

    Property left to a child may soon be lost but the inheritance of virtue--a good name an unblemished reputation--will abide forever. If those who are toiling for wealth to leave their children, would but take half the pains to secure for them virtuous habits, how much more serviceable would they be. The largest property may be wrested from a child, but virtue will stand by him to the last.

  2. Hal Buell:

    It was perfectly serviceable.

  3. W. Somerset Maugham:

    The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.

  4. Rahul Bajoria:

    We expect the current account position to remain comfortably in a surplus. Despite recent capital outflows, we believe Malaysia's external debt position also remains serviceable.

  5. W. Somerset Maugham:

    She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

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