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[ser-vahy-vuh-buh l] /sərˈvaɪ və bəl/
able to be survived:
Would an atomic war be survivable?
capable of withstanding attack or countermeasures:
a bomber survivable against fighter planes.
1950-55; survive + -able
Related forms
survivability, noun
nonsurvivable, adjective
unsurvivable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for survivable
  • Maybe it is time to admit that running a big budget deficit is a survivable condition.
  • The student's injuries may not have been survivable, but the police couldn't have known that.
  • It's survivable hardship that is the catalyst for bonding.
  • If he wants to make a useful contribution to astronauts, let him figure out how to make a bail-out from orbit survivable.
  • Diabetes and cancer were not survivable until fairly recently.
  • Next, try new things on a scale small enough so that their failure is survivable.
  • Second, the treatments will create a survivable space.
  • These weapon systems are to be a fraction of the weight of current weapons yet as lethal and survivable.
  • Reduces the threat of wildland fires spreading to homes and creates survivable space.
Word Origin and History for survivable

"capable of being survived," 1961, from survive + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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