I know "workingness" is not a word, but I am looking for a word that means it. For example: Evaluate the workingness of capitalism?

  • Well, what does it mean? Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 0:29
  • it means how good something works
    – Ingles
    Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 0:30
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    Have you considered "effectiveness" or "efficacy"? Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 0:32
  • Well here is how it would be in the sentence - The point of Serving
    – Ingles
    Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 0:34
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    How about "viability"? Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 0:55

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It depends on what exactly you are trying to express. "effectiveness", as already suggested in the comments, should work in many contexts. Definition from Oxford Dictionary:

The degree to which something is successful in producing a desired result; success.

The other word that came to mind is "viability". Definition of "viable" from the same source (Oxford Dictionary):

Capable of working successfully; feasible.

To me, "effectiveness" fits better if it's established that something works to some degree, and the question is how well it works. "viability" fits better if you question that it works at all.

For example, if somebody suggests a solution for a problem, and I don't think it will work, I would call it "not viable". If I think that it could probably work, but not very well, I would call it "not effective".


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