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viability

[vahy-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌvaɪ əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
ability to live, especially under certain conditions:
The viability of a fetus outside the womb has increased dramatically with the advent of new technologies and procedures.
2.
the capacity to operate or be sustained:
The viability of the company was guaranteed by the success of its new product.
Related forms
nonviability, noun
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  • Careful handling of the nuts is advisable to preserve their viability.

  • But it was found (Bridges and Sturtevant, 1914) that viability was so erratic that coefficients might mislead.

  • Chestnuts, beechnuts and acorns require more care when they are to be stored, for their viability is very sensitive to dryness.

  • The risk of family breakdown is carefully integrated in the calculations establishing the viability of the marriage.

  • Its viability has always been very poor; in this respect it is one of the very poorest of the sex-linked characters.

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