Viable meaning

vīə-bəl
The definition of viable is capable of living or capable of success.

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.

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Workable and likely to survive or to have real meaning, pertinence, etc.

A viable economy, viable ideas.

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Capable of living, developing, or germinating under favorable conditions.

Viable spores.

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Capable of living outside the uterus. Used of a fetus or newborn.
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Able to live on its own (as for a newborn.)
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Able to be done, possible.
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In (biology), able to live and develop.
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Able to live.
  • 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.
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Capable of success or continuing effectiveness; practicable.

A viable plan; a viable national economy.

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Origin of viable

  • French from vie life from Old French from Latin vīta gwei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French, from Medieval Latin *vitabilis (“capable of life"), from Latin vita (“life"); see vital.

    From Wiktionary