or live·a·ble



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

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

Synonyms for livable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for unlivable

dilapidated, run-down

Examples from the Web for unlivable

Contemporary Examples of unlivable

  • They argue that Venice is already so massively overcrowded with tourists that the city has become “unlivable.”

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    Are Cruise Ships Damaging Venice?

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    October 31, 2012

Historical Examples of unlivable

British Dictionary definitions for unlivable




(of a room, house, etc) suitable for living in
worth living; tolerable
(foll by with) pleasant to live (with)
Derived Formslivableness, liveableness, livability or liveability, noun
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Word Origin and History for unlivable

1869, from un- (1) "not" + 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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