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 The metropolitan area that is home to around 1.6 million people topped a global livability index released by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Wednesday. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 Easy livability was important for the family of seven. David Nash, House Beautiful, 9 June 2021 Theaters and restaurants were closed in some cities, adding to lower livability scores. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The coronavirus pandemic amplified the desire for more home size, comfort and livability as well as space to entertain outside and replace vacation getaways while remaining socially distant. oregonlive, 21 May 2021 Few of us look at a home’s exterior cladding and finishes and realize how much of the interior livability derives from what goes on outside the walls of the home. John Mcmanus, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 Car-camping tents prioritize livability, with most four-person models measuring five feet or more at their tallest point. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 23 Mar. 2021 Despite the light-colored upholstery and elegant appointments, the Nautilus retains a sense of day-to-day livability not always found in luxury vehicles. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 24 Mar. 2021 Another feature that cranks up the livability is the zippered cord port to the left of the door. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of livability

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jun 2021

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“Livability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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