Navigable
Navigable Nav"i*ga*ble, a. [L. navigabilis: cf. F. navigable. See {Navigate}.] Capable of being navigated; deep enough and wide enough to afford passage to vessels; as, a navigable river. [1913 Webster]

Note: By the common law, a river is considered as navigable only so far as the tide ebbs and flows in it. This is also the doctrine in several of the United States. In other States, the doctrine of the civil law prevails, which is, that a navigable river is a river capable of being navigated, in the common sense of the term. --Kent. --Burrill. [1913 Webster] -- {Nav"i*ga*ble*ness}, n. -- {Nav"i*ga*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster]


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  • navigable — [ navigabl ] adj. • 1448; lat. navigabilis ♦ Où l on peut naviguer, où un navire peut flotter. Cours d eau, fleuve, rivière navigable. Voies navigables : cours d eau et canaux. ● navigable adjectif (latin navigabilis) Où l on peut naviguer. ●… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • navigable — Navigable, adj. de tout genre. Il se dit des eaux où l on peut naviger. Cette mer est pleine d escueils, elle n est pas navigable. ce fleuve est navigable dés sa source. rendre une riviere navigable …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • navigable — [nav′i gə bəl] adj. [L navigabilis < navigare: see NAVIGATE] 1. wide or deep enough, or free enough from obstructions, for the passage of ships [a navigable river] 2. that can be steered, or directed [a navigable balloon] navigability n.… …   English World dictionary

  • navigable — index open (accessible), passable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 navigable …   Law dictionary

  • navigable — (adj.) mid 15c., from O.Fr. navigable (14c.) or directly from L. navigabilis, from navigat , pp. stem of navigare (see NAVIGATION (Cf. navigation)). Related: Navigability …   Etymology dictionary

  • navigable — Navigable, Nauigabilis …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • navigable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of sufficient depth or width to be used by boats and ships. DERIVATIVES navigability noun …   English terms dictionary

  • navigable — See navigable waters @ navigable in fact Streams or lakes are navigable in fact when they are used or are susceptible of being used in their natural and ordinary condition as highways for commerce over which trade and travel are or may be… …   Black's law dictionary

  • navigable — See navigable waters @ navigable in fact Streams or lakes are navigable in fact when they are used or are susceptible of being used in their natural and ordinary condition as highways for commerce over which trade and travel are or may be… …   Black's law dictionary

  • NAVIGABLE — adj. des deux genres Où l on peut naviguer. Cette mer est pleine d écueils, elle n est pas navigable. Ce fleuve est navigable dès sa source. Une rivière navigable. Canaux navigables …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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