- 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.
Origin of viable
Examples from the Web for viable
In the neighborhoods they grow up in, prison is a rite of passage and being a street gangster is a viable career choice.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs|Seth Ferranti|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Well, many men do go through difficult patches in their relationships, I suppose, when ‘anyone but her’ seems a viable option.
Fortunately,once projects are proven to be viable, Wall Street rushes in.
Second, building a viable solar industry is as much about financial and policy engineering as it is about electrical engineering.
“If this is going to be a viable project, the voices from the public are extremely important,” she says.
I put on a good deal of it and there were at least some viable grains in the lot.Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting|Northern Nut Growers Association
The third case supposed that the fetus is not viable but the symptoms of maternal hemorrhage are slight.
They are considered only to the extent that they are viable consumers.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
No drug is to be given to allay these pains if the intention is to have a dead or viable fetus expelled.
In the second case the cancer is operable and the child is viable.
Word Origin for viable
1828, from French viable "capable of life" (1530s), from vie "life" (from Latin vita "life;" see vital) + -able. Originally of newborn infants; generalized sense is first recorded 1848. Related: Viably; viability.