Anything operable can be used, or it can be operated on. Now that you've replaced the flat tire on your bike, it's operable. And that boil on the tip of your nose? That's also operable (Whew!).

Things that work or are ready to be of service are operable, like the vacuum cleaner that's been tuned up and has a brand new bag in it, your new waffle iron that you've seasoned and plugged in, or the mayor's extensive plan for reducing homelessness. Another, much more medical way to use this adjective is to mean "able to be treated with an operation," like an operable knee problem or operable skin cancer.

Definitions of operable
  1. adjective
    fit or ready for use or service
    synonyms: functional, operational, usable, useable
    ready for service or able to give long service
  2. adjective
    usable for a specific purpose
    “an operable plan”
    synonyms: practicable
    concerned with actual use or practice
  3. adjective
    capable of being treated by surgical operation
    “an operable cancer”
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    not suitable for surgery
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