liv·​able | \ ˈli-və-bəl How to pronounce livable (audio) \
variants: or less commonly liveable

Definition of livable

1 : suitable for living in, on, or with a livable house livable wages
2 : endurable

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livableness noun

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Examples of livable in a Sentence

They described the house as very livable. People need jobs that will pay them livable wages.
Recent Examples on the Web Vinegar and other sour deeds are all that today's Republicans offer those of us who thirst for justice by standing in endless voting lines, or who seek health care or a livable wage. Arkansas Online, "Letters," 3 Apr. 2021 O’Rourke went on to criticize Cruz's failure to support gun safety measures, health insurance for his constituents, and a livable minimum wage. Lydia Wang,, "Did Ted Cruz Get Lost On His Way To Cancún? Hmmm," 26 Mar. 2021 To me, loving our neighbors is making sure our neighbors have a livable future, family-sustaining green jobs, clean air to breathe for them and their kids, and clean water to drink. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A group of Wisconsinites who are fasting for 22 days to support Gov. Evers' climate justice initiatives held a Sunday rally," 22 Mar. 2021 Instead of collaborating with the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL), players emphasized the need to form a more sustainable league backed by the NHL where players can earn livable wages, have access to better resources and health benefits. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, "PWHPA Dream Gap Tour hits Madison Square Garden ice for historic women's game," 28 Feb. 2021 The program boosts access to healthy organic foods for low-income communities of color, especially Black and Indigenous residents, while supporting mostly Latino and Hmong farmers with livable wages. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, "Co-op supporting immigrant farmers in Minnesota gives back with food boxes for families in need," 26 Feb. 2021 Equally critical is the agenda making adequate advances to reform the criminal justice system, address livable wages and the wealth gap and increase access to higher education without crippling student debt. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, "Black Women Helped Put President Biden in Office — Here's What We Want in Return," 19 Feb. 2021 Who here just enjoys getting paid a livable wage and be able to enjoy themselves? New York Times, "Reddit Is America’s Unofficial Unemployment Hotline," 10 Feb. 2021 Thanks to automated temperature and humidity controls and high-tech ventilation systems, the garages are just as livable as the rest of the home. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, "VIP Parking: 5 Amazing Garages That Showcase Your Cars Like Works of Art," 13 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of livable

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Apr 2021

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“Livable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of livable

: suitable to live in : enjoyable to live in
US : making it possible to live or to have the things that people need to live properly

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