inviable

adjective

in·​vi·​a·​ble (ˌ)in-ˈvī-ə-bəl How to pronounce inviable (audio)
: incapable of surviving especially because of a deleterious genetic constitution

Examples of inviable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only toward the end of the book does Gates acknowledge that the business of personal computers (including Microsoft’s) would have been inviable without decades of R&D support, made possible by taxpayers through grants from the National Science Foundation. Reid Singer, Outside Online, 24 Feb. 2021 It is largely believed peppers developed capsaicin as a defense mechanism to prevent animals — likely rodents, whose grinding teeth render seeds inviable — from eating them. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2022 However, while both early embryos and late fetuses can become inviable due to genetic errors, early and late abortions are regulated very differently. Kathryn Kavanagh, The Conversation, 1 Sep. 2022

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First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inviable was in 1918

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“Inviable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inviable. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

inviable

adjective
in·​vi·​a·​ble (ˈ)in-ˈvī-ə-bəl How to pronounce inviable (audio)
: incapable of surviving especially because of a deleterious genetic constitution
inviability noun
plural inviabilities
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