- (of an organism) incapable of sustaining its own life.
Origin of inviable
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Examples from the Web for inviable
If the fetus is alive and inviable this procedure will, of course, kill it.
The third case is that of an inoperable cancer and an inviable child.
Fifthly, there are positive canonical and civil penalties against abortion as it affects the inviable infant.
With conditions like those in question 11, except that the fetus is not viable, may the surgeon remove the inviable ectopic fetus?
The case is not like that of the woman who has an operable cervical cancer while she is bearing an inviable fetus.
- not viable, esp financially; not able to survivean inviable company
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Word Origin and History for inviable
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- Unable to survive or develop normally.
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