Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the property of being viable; the ability to live or to succeed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being viable.
  • n. The capacity of living after birth.
  • n. The capacity of living, or being distributed, over wide geographical limits.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being viable; capability of living; specifically, capability in the fetus of continued existence after removal from the womb.
  • n. In natural history, the ability to live in certain conditions of environment, climatic, geographical, etc.: as, the viability of fish in the water; the viability of an imported plant or animal in a country.

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

  • n. (of living things) capable of normal growth and development
  • n. capable of being done in a practical and useful way

Etymologies

viable + -ity (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The other candidates including John Edwards don't appear to have received what they call viability, 15 percent of the 164 people who have gathered in this one caucus.

    CNN Transcript Jan 19, 2008

  • Losing Orton is about losing long-term viability, which is why I like John's question so much last night.

    Mile High Report

  • "This is part of the political trade-off and this is usually equated with what we call the viability of social peace and political concord," Charles Chartouni of Georgetown University told Al Jazeera.

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)

  • One of the biggest risks to Hovnanian's long-term viability is the company's dwindling cash supply.

    Hovnanian Narrows Loss

  • Mike Huckabee's political viability is coming to an end.

    Huckabee defends decision to commute Washington police shooting suspect

  • Elsewhere, shares of Singapore Airlines slipped 0.4% as investors digested the carrier's plan to establish a long-haul no frills airline, even though some analysts were optimistic on its long-term viability.

    Asian Shares Mostly Higher

  • With traditional pension plans being phased out and concerns mounting over the long-term viability of Social Security, Americans increasingly view 401k accounts as crucial.

    Retirement Plans Make Comeback, With Limits

  • "It's good to know that's a platform that has some long term viability to it," said Mr. Cervone, who sees "no reason to switch at this point in time" from H-P.

    Moving Forward At H-P

  • More important for its long-term viability, though, is that it's twice as fun.

    Wonkbook: Democrats divided on filibuster reform; Obama's CoS shortlist; Fed staying the course

  • Good employees are still prized: Many U.S. companies that cut 401k matching contributions during the recession are starting to restore them, or a slimmed-down version of them, to reward and retain staff amid the decline of traditional pension plans and mounting concern over the long-term viability of Social Security.

    This Week: GOP Debate, Greek Respite, RIM Trouble

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