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or liveable

[liv-uh-buh l] /ˈlɪv ə bəl/
suitable for living in; habitable; comfortable:
It took a lot of work to make the old house livable.
worth living; endurable:
She needed something to make life more livable.
that can be lived with; companionable (often used in combination with with):
polite and charming but not altogether livable-with.
Origin of livable
1605-15; live1 + -able
Related forms
livableness, livability, noun
unlivable, adjective
unlivableness, noun
2. enjoyable, bearable, worthwhile. Unabridged
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  • We have a few architects who know the requirements of a livable house, not merely one which shows off well as first built.

    The Cost of Shelter Ellen H. Richards
  • It gave them a very cheery look, and must have made them livable at least in the daytime.

    Familiar Spanish Travels W. D. Howells
  • For it is only the strength inside us that will win the war and create a livable world for us when we have won it.

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
  • The temperature, while somewhat cool, was in the livable range.

    The Book Michael Shaara
  • I have funds, adequate to garrison the tower of the Menstal, and even to make it livable for a considerable force of men.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for livable


(of a room, house, etc) suitable for living in
worth living; tolerable
(foll by with) pleasant to live (with)
Derived Forms
livableness, liveableness, livability, liveability, noun
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Word Origin and History for livable

also liveable, 1610s, "likely to survive," from live (v.) + -able. Meaning "conducive to living" is from 1660s; sense of "suitable for living in" is from 1814 ("Mansfield Park"). Meaning "endurable" is from 1841.

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