- suitable for living in; habitable; comfortable: It took a lot of work to make the old house livable.
- worth living; endurable: She needed something to make life more livable.
- that can be lived with; companionable (often used in combination with with): polite and charming but not altogether livable-with.
Origin of livable
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2. enjoyable, bearable, worthwhile.
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Examples from the Web for livable
In a country nearly crushed by poverty and joblessness, there is little money left over for making the prisons humane and livable.Out and Proud in El Salvador’s Murderous Gangland
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Too bad those values doesn't extend to paying people a livable wage or sharing profits.What's Religious About Corporate America Cheating Workers?
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While this solution is ideal for nobody, it seems to be livable for everybody.Top 5 Reasons To Accept Sharansky’s Western Wall Compromise
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The idea of raising the minimum wage to a livable number, he said, was one shared by the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.Best Moments From Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address
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To us, the two-state solution represents our best hope for a livable future.We Can’t Afford a President Romney
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Had it not been for the great fireplace the shack would not have been livable.Ted and the Telephone
Sara Ware Bassett
With the exception of Matadi and Thysville it has the one livable hotel in the Congo.An African Adventure
Isaac F. Marcosson
The room was not the home of any one—it was not inhabited, it was not livable.The U.P. Trail
It gave them a very cheery look, and must have made them livable at least in the daytime.Familiar Spanish Travels
W. D. Howells
The temperature, while somewhat cool, was in the livable range.The Book
- (of a room, house, etc) suitable for living in
- worth living; tolerable
- (foll by with) pleasant to live (with)
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Word Origin and History for livable
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