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or liveable

[liv-uh-buh l] /ˈlɪv ə bəl/
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
First recorded in 1605-15; live1 + -able
Related forms
livableness, livability, noun
unlivable, adjective
unlivableness, noun
2. enjoyable, bearable, worthwhile. Unabridged
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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 Zane Grey
  • 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 Michael Shaara
British Dictionary definitions for livable


(of a room, house, etc) suitable for living in
worth living; tolerable
(foll by with) pleasant to live (with)
Derived Forms
livableness, liveableness, livability, liveability, noun
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Word Origin and History for livable

also liveable, 1610s, "likely to survive," from live (v.) + -able. Meaning "conducive to living" is from 1660s; sense of "suitable for living in" is from 1814 ("Mansfield Park"). Meaning "endurable" is from 1841.

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