usable

Something that's usable can be successfully used right away for its intended purpose. If your car is usable, it's running just fine.

A usable tent has all of its poles and is more or less waterproof, and a usable pair of shoes fits well and doesn't have holes. Describing something as usable can sometimes be faint praise: "Well, this basketball is usable, but just barely." When information is described as usable, it usually means it's actively available, and not just stored in a computer, for example. This is a relatively new adjective, first appearing around 1840.

Definitions of usable
  1. adjective
    capable of being put to use
    usable byproducts”
    synonyms: useable
    useful, utile
    being of use or service
  2. adjective
    fit or ready for use or service
    “the lawnmower is a bit rusty but still usable
    synonyms: functional, operable, operational, useable
    serviceable
    ready for service or able to give long service
  3. adjective
    convenient for use or disposal
    “2000 square feet of usable office space”
    synonyms: available, useable
    disposable
    free or available for use or disposition
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