- An example of viable is a fetus.
- An example of viable is a plan to save a small portion of money each month in hopes of eventually purchasing a car.
The definition of viable is capable of living or capable of success.
- able to live; specif.,
- having developed sufficiently within the uterus to be able to live and continue normal development outside the uterus: a premature but viable infant
- able to take root and grow: viable seeds
- workable and likely to survive or to have real meaning, pertinence, etc.: a viable economy, viable ideas
Origin of viableFr, likely to live from vie, life from Classical Latin vita: see vital
- Capable of success or continuing effectiveness; practicable: a viable plan; a viable national economy. See Synonyms at possible.
- a. Capable of living, developing, or germinating under favorable conditions: viable spores.b. Capable of living outside the uterus. Used of a fetus or newborn.
Origin of viableFrench from vie life from Old French from Latin vīta ; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more viable, superlative most viable)
- Able to live on its own (as for a newborn.)
- Able to be done, possible.
- In (biology), able to live and develop.