viablest

viable

[vahy-uh-buhl]
adjective
1.
capable of living.
2.
Physiology.
a.
physically fitted to live.
b.
(of a fetus) having reached such a stage of development as to be capable of living, under normal conditions, outside the uterus.
3.
Botany. able to live and grow.
4.
vivid; real; stimulating, as to the intellect, imagination, or senses: a period of history that few teachers can make viable for students.
5.
practicable; workable: a viable alternative.
6.
having the ability to grow, expand, develop, etc.: a new and viable country.

Origin:
1820–30; < French, equivalent to vie life (< Latin vīta) + -able -able

viability, noun
viably, adverb
unviable, adjective

feasible, viable.


5. practical, feasible, usable, adaptable.
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viable (ˈvaɪəbəl)
 
adj
1.  capable of becoming actual, useful, etc; practicable: a viable proposition
2.  (of seeds, eggs, etc) capable of normal growth and development
3.  (of a fetus) having reached a stage of development at which further development can occur independently of the mother
 
[C19: from French, from vie life, from Latin vīta]
 
via'bility
 
n

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viable
1828, from Fr. viable "capable of life" (1539), from vie "life" (from L. vita "life;" see vital) + -able. Originally of newborn infants; generalized sense is first recorded 1848.
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viable vi·a·ble (vī'ə-bəl)
adj.

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

  2. Capable of living outside the uterus. Used of a fetus or newborn.


vi'a·bil'i·ty n.
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