serviceable


serviceable
serviceable “ready to do service,” early 14c., from O.Fr. serviçable, from servise (see SERVICE (Cf. service) (n.)).
Edgar: I know thee well: a serviceable villain,
As duteous to the vices of thy mistress
As badness would desire.
["King Lear," Act IV, Scene vi, and "I Am the Walrus"]

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