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 The average meatpacking wage is $19 an hour, with many thousands paid much less than a livable wage. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, 3 May 2022 This Earth Day, show the world that your business is one that investors and consumers can rely on to move at the pace and scale the science demands to ensure a livable planet for everyone. Environmental Defense Fund, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Simandl said workers would also like to see more livable wages, a better system to manage coverage when baristas call out of work and greater independence on the store level. Talia Soglin,, 7 Apr. 2022 Tall and spacious, these tipis are uniquely livable compared to other ultralight offerings. Corey Hass, Outside Online, 3 Dec. 2016 The town base of Skelleftea is investing in electric buses and energy-efficient homes to create a livable green city. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Albuquerque, New Mexico, was ranked the most livable American city, while Irvine, California, was ranked the lowest. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 23 June 2021 Vienna is routinely referred to as the most livable city in the world. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 13 May 2021 The city offered tens of thousands of industrial jobs that provided livable wages. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of livable

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Livable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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