[ ser-vahy-vuh-buh l ]
/ sərˈvaɪ və bəl /


able to be survived: Would an atomic war be survivable?
capable of withstanding attack or countermeasures: a bomber survivable against fighter planes.

Nearby words

  1. surveyor,
  2. surveyor's chain,
  3. surveyor's compass,
  4. surveyor's level,
  5. surveyor's measure,
  6. survival,
  7. survival bag,
  8. survival curve,
  9. survival kit,
  10. survival of the fittest

Origin of survivable

First recorded in 1950–55; survive + -able

Related formssur·viv·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·sur·viv·a·ble, adjectiveun·sur·viv·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for survivability



"capable of being survived," 1961, from survive + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper