AskDefine | Define viable

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viable adj
1 capable of being done with means at hand and circumstances as they are [syn: feasible, executable, practicable, workable]
2 capable of life or normal growth and development; "viable seeds"; "a viable fetus"

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  1. Able to live on its own (as for a newborn.)
  2. Able to be done, possible.


Derived terms


able to live on its own

Extensive Definition

Viability means in general "capacity for survival" and is more specifically used to mean a capacity for living, developing, or germinating under favorable conditions. The word is especially used in the following contexts:
viable in Modern Greek (1453-): Βιωσιμότητα
viable in French: Viabilité

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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