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

  • adj. Not capable of living or developing: a nonviable fetus.
  • adj. Not workable or practicable: a nonviable idea.

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  • adj. Not viable: not capable of independent life; not practicable.

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

  • adj. not capable of living or developing successfully


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  • It's remarkably easy to have a low infant-mortality rate when you claim that half of the dead babies you see were "nonviable" and don't count in the statistics.


  • He was speaking after a person at Andes Petroleum Ecuador Ltd., owned by China Petrochemical Corp. and China National Petroleum Corp., said the October levy had made their business in the South American country "nonviable" and that the company may seek arbitration if a negotiated solution cannot be found.

    Ecuador Eschews Chinese Protest on Oil Tax

  • [11] The economic argument that an independent Palestinian state would be "nonviable" is a mysterious one.

    The Jewish State in Question

  • He recommended allowing "nonviable" institutions to fail and placing them into "negotiated conservatorship" which would reorganize their operations and dispose of problem assets, replacing management and wiping out shareholders.

    Omaha World-Herald > Frontpage

  • What if by doing this that 'nonviable' candidate ended up with, lets 'say 15% of total votes?

    Dandelion Salad

  • The behind the scenes drama between the first and second votes is a chess match, with blocs of "nonviable" voters extracting concessions in exchange for their votes for viable candidates. "

    CNN Transcript Jan 4, 2008

  • Communism, wrote the historian Martin Malia, was “an intrinsically nonviable, indeed impossible, project from the beginning.”

    The Return

  • Diagnose the problem to learn about the viability of financial institutions and support only those that are viable, and close or restructure the nonviable ones.

    Stijn Claessens: Root Causes of Financial Crisis Remain Unaddressed

  • This approach, including accounting and regulatory forbearance, guarantees, and implicit public support stalls addressing nonviable banks and nonperforming assets.

    Stijn Claessens: Root Causes of Financial Crisis Remain Unaddressed

  • That decision prevents states from passing laws that have "the purpose or effect of placing a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus."

    Medication Abortion Law In North Dakota Challenged In Court On 'Undue Burden' Standard


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