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or live·a·ble

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  1. suitable for living in; habitable; comfortable: It took a lot of work to make the old house livable.
  2. worth living; endurable: She needed something to make life more livable.
  3. that can be lived with; companionable (often used in combination with with): polite and charming but not altogether livable-with.
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Origin of livable

First recorded in 1605–15; live1 + -able
Related formsliv·a·ble·ness, liv·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·liv·a·ble, adjectiveun·liv·a·ble·ness, noun

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Related Words for livable

cozy, homey, habitable, tolerable, bearable, worthwhile, sustainable, comfortable, endurable, fit, passable, satisfactory, snug, supportable, inhabitable, sufferable, tenantable

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Contemporary Examples of livable

Historical Examples of livable

  • 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.

  • It gave them a very cheery look, and must have made them livable at least in the daytime.

  • The temperature, while somewhat cool, was in the livable range.

    The Book

    Michael Shaara

British Dictionary definitions for livable



  1. (of a room, house, etc) suitable for living in
  2. worth living; tolerable
  3. (foll by with) pleasant to live (with)
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Derived Formslivableness, liveableness, livability or 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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