serviceable (adj.)

"ready to do service, willing, diligent in service," early 14c., from Old French servicable, from servise (see service (n.1)). Other early words in a similar sense include servish "obedient, compliant" (c. 1400); serviable "willing to serve, complaisant" (late 14c.); servicious "complacent, obedient" (mid-15c., from Latin servitium). Of things, "beneficial, capable of rendering useful service," late 14c. Related: Serviceably; serviceability.

Edgar: I know thee well: a serviceable villain,
As duteous to the vices of thy mistress
As badness would desire.
["King Lear,"]

updated on June 04, 2022