- capable of living.
- physically fitted to live.
- (of a fetus) having reached such a stage of development as to be capable of living, under normal conditions, outside the uterus.
- Botany. able to live and grow.
- vivid; real; stimulating, as to the intellect, imagination, or senses: a period of history that few teachers can make viable for students.
- practicable; workable: a viable alternative.
- having the ability to grow, expand, develop, etc.: a new and viable country.
Origin of viable
1820–30; < French, equivalent to vie life (< Latin vīta) + -able -able
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5. practical, feasible, usable, adaptable.
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Examples from the Web for unviable
By foetus immaturus here he means an unviable foetus, as is evident from the context.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
May the physician call in a physician who, he knows, will not scruple to perform the therapeutic abortion on an unviable fetus?The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
- not capable of succeeding, esp financiallythe pit had proved economically unviable
- capable of becoming actual, useful, etc; practicablea viable proposition
- (of seeds, eggs, etc) capable of normal growth and development
- (of a fetus) having reached a stage of development at which further development can occur independently of the mother
C19: from French, from vie life, from Latin vīta
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Word Origin and History for unviable
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- Capable of living, developing, or germinating under favorable conditions.
- Capable of living outside the uterus. Used of a fetus or newborn.
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