[ vahy-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈvaɪ ə bəl /
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.
Words nearby viable
Origin of viable
1820–30; < French, equivalent to vie life (< Latin vīta) + -able -able
OTHER WORDS FROM viablevi·a·bil·i·ty, nounvi·a·bly, adverbun·vi·a·ble, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH viablefeasible viable
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Examples from the Web for unviable
By foetus immaturus here he means an unviable foetus, as is evident from the context.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
British Dictionary definitions for unviable (1 of 2)
/ (ʌnˈvaɪəbəl) /
not capable of succeeding, esp financiallythe pit had proved economically unviable
British Dictionary definitions for unviable (2 of 2)
/ (ˈvaɪəbəl) /
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
Derived forms of viableviability, noun
Word Origin for viable
C19: from French, from vie life, from Latin vīta
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Medicine definitions for unviable
[ vī′ə-bəl ]
Capable of living, developing, or germinating under favorable conditions.
Capable of living outside the uterus. Used of a fetus or newborn.
Other words from viablevi′a•bil′i•ty n.
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