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[liv-uh-buh l]
  1. livable.
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Related formsun·live·a·ble, adjectiveun·live·a·ble·ness, noun


or live·a·ble

  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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Examples from the Web for liveable

Historical Examples

  • He could not see his life as liveable if it were to meet him at every turn.

    A Young Man's Year

    Anthony Hope

  • It's whether one finds her soul's realm or not that a place is liveable or not.

    The Riverman

    Stewart Edward White

  • In every letter she had written lately she had assured him that life was not liveable in the summer term without a pony.

  • I never could like it as Mrs. Fulbert Underwood made it, but now it is so bright and fresh and liveable!

  • He provided them with plenty of food and clothing, and always saw to it that their cabins were liveable.

British Dictionary definitions for liveable



  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 liveable



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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