- 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 viable
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“If this is going to be a viable project, the voices from the public are extremely important,” she says.The Strange Fight Over the Eisenhower Memorial
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In the second case the cancer is operable and the child is viable.
If the child is viable it must be delivered as quickly as possible.
But Mr. Shaw will not mould his material into viable shapes.Iconoclasts
I put on a good deal of it and there were at least some viable grains in the lot.Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting
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- 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 viable
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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