liv·abil·i·ty | \ˌli-və-ˈbi-lə-tē \
variants: or less commonly liveability

Definition of livability 

1 : survival expectancy : viability used especially of poultry and livestock

2 : suitability for human living

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Image For several years, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur Timothy Draper has sought to break up California, citing its unwieldy size as damaging to the state’s schools, livability and the economy. New York Times, "Do Californians Want Their State Split in 3? We’ll See in November," 13 June 2018 Remodeling a kitchen or bathrooms, replacing the roof and heating system, or the replacing a private septic system – all these things increase the livability and add years to the useful life of a home. Anchorage Daily News, "The age of your house isn’t just about the year it was built. Here’s why that’s important when you’re selling.," 22 June 2018 If elected, what would be your top priority?Greatly improving the livability and wealth of our residents through unprecedented economic development, increased property values, and addressing the drug problem head on. Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky voters guide: Who's running for Louisville Metro Council," 13 May 2018 Consideration is also given for how sunlight affects livability. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "On the Market/Condo Life: Perfection in high-rise living starts with the floor plan," 9 June 2018 Mixed among presentations on sustainability, livability and wellbeing, and creativity for the North, are many sessions with a food focus. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s a great time to fill the freezer with Alaska-grown beef," 11 Apr. 2018 Advocates for good urbanism would do well to engage with early experiments like this and try to guide them to uses that enhance urban livability rather than adding to urban congestion. David Roberts, Vox, "Here’s how self-driving cars could catch on," 8 May 2018 The mayor's speech also focused on Portland's growing pains and livability problems that run the gamut from homelessness and affordable housing to crumbling city infrastructure. Gordon R. Friedman,, "Wheeler makes plea for more police in State of the City address," 12 Apr. 2018 And that is a problem for the livelihood, the viability, the livability and the economy of a city. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Falling transit ridership poses an ‘emergency’ for cities, experts fear," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of livability

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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