liv·​abil·​i·​ty | \ ˌli-və-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce livability (audio) \
variants: or less commonly liveability

Definition of livability

1 : survival expectancy : viability used especially of poultry and livestock
2 : suitability for human living

Examples of livability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To qualify to host command headquarters, communities must be based within the 150 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., located within 25 miles of a current military base and have an AARP livability score of at least 50. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, "Gov. Mike DeWine backs effort to land Space Command headquarters in Ohio," 23 June 2020 Community organizers and climate activists say long-lasting transit shifts in cities would mean less pollution, less congestion, fewer traffic fatalities, and all-around better urban livability. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Cities look to open up streets to pedestrians forever post-pandemic," 2 June 2020 This combination of luxury and livability is unique for every client. Kathy Anderson And Stephanie Vaughan, Houston Chronicle, "Purposeful design enhances the living experience," 14 Dec. 2019 The only other Arizona city to break into the top 20 in the livability ranking was Chandler, in 14th place. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "This Arizona community ranked highest in national surveys on safety, livability," 13 Dec. 2019 The study makes no mention of slowing sales or concerns about the livability of downtown Portland., "Betting on the Ritz: New downtown tower to offer record-breaking prices," 10 Aug. 2019 The landscape At stake in Cleveland and across Ohio is a cultural sector critical to the livability and economic vitality of the region and the state. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Coronavirus pandemic hits the arts in Cleveland, sparking online innovation and uncertainty about future," 5 Apr. 2020 Fortunately, the ease with which one can adjust the N's many chassis and drivetrain modes via the steering-wheel buttons and the central touchscreen has been a boon to its livability. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Our Hyundai Veloster N Demands to Be Heard," 30 Mar. 2020 The unique eye-catching design is not at the expense of livability, said the spokesperson. Dallas News, "Caxton Court Townhomes with downtown views held open," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of livability

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Livability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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