Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Suitable to live in; habitable: a livable dwelling.
  • adj. Possible to bear; endurable: livable trials and tribulations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Endurable, survivable, suitable for living in, inhabitable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Such as can be lived.
  • adj. Such as is pleasant to live in; fit or suitable to live in.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being lived, or of being spent or passed in more or less content.
  • Capable of being lived in; fit for residence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. fit or suitable to live in or with

Etymologies

live +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The landlord had been testing the limits of the term livable for years before that.

    Occupational Hazards

  • If making a $570,000 condo in Nueva Vallarta livable is anything like making a 585,000 peso house in Hermosillo livable, then I assume you are going to plow another $half-mil or so into the property.

    Kite Condo in Nueva Vallarta

  • Whether or not those places are more livable is all a matter of priorities, as septiembre mentioned.

    Safety in lakeside

  • LaHood: What we've talked about is getting to a concept that we call livable communities, where people don't have to get in a car every day.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • What we've talked about is getting to a concept that we call livable communities where people don't have to get in a car every day.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • How about making long-term livable space environments (i.e. containing viable organic ecologies) and not some dimwitted ground-dependent space station?

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • A consultant working on the project, called a livable cities initiative study, said those issues will be examined in greater detail in a community workshop on Sept. 22.

    ajc.com - News

  • Take a look: a good dozen of the current Top 20 could be classified as livable streets issues.

    Streetfilms

  • Others still imitated, in their colorful rhetoric the style of extraordinary law-givers, but in fact make a legalistic universe merely tolerable or more livable, which is our situation today.

    TELOSscope: The Telos Press blog

  • If Wal-Mart charged what it really cost to sell those goods (aka livable wages for their employees and American industry) then other stores would be able to compete.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Digg

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