serviceable

When something is serviceable, it's useful just the way it is. You might describe your rusty old car as perfectly serviceable if it always gets you where you need to go.

If your eccentric grandmother insists on buying you a full-length fur coat, you could argue that all you need is a serviceable winter jacket — simply one that will do its job and keep you warm. On the other hand, you might long for a beautiful pair of leather boots despite having a serviceable pair of rubber galoshes. Serviceable was spelled the same way in Old English, although it originally meant "willing to be of service," and only later came to mean "usable or useful."

Definitions of serviceable
  1. adjective
    ready for service or able to give long service
    serviceable equipment”
    “heavy serviceable fabrics”
    Synonyms:
    functional
    designed for or capable of a particular function or use
    practical
    concerned with actual use or practice
    durable, long-wearing
    capable of withstanding wear and tear and decay
    functional, operable, operational, usable, useable
    fit or ready for use or service
    useful, utile
    being of use or service
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    Antonyms:
    unserviceable
    not ready for service
    nonfunctional
    not having or performing a function
    broken-down
    not in working order
    burned-out, burnt-out
    inoperative as a result of heat or friction
    inoperable
    not able to perform its normal function
    unrepaired
    unserviceable because necessary repairs have not been made
    useless
    having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully
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  2. adjective
    capable of being put to good use
    “a serviceable kitchen gadget”
    Synonyms:
    useful, utile
    being of use or service
  3. adjective
    intended or able to serve a purpose without elaboration
    serviceable low-heeled shoes”
    Synonyms:
    practical
    concerned with actual use or practice
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