liv·​able ˈli-və-bəl How to pronounce livable (audio)
variants or less commonly liveable
: suitable for living in, on, or with
a livable house
livable wages
livableness noun

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 Nearly half of Arkansas families with children live below what is considered a livable wage — nearly $50,000 annually — according to the federal government. Ryan Anderson,, 11 Feb. 2024 This is significant in the ongoing struggle for livable wages, particularly for Black working people. Alphonso David, Essence, 8 Feb. 2024 In most cases, the square footage of your home includes only livable spaces. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Jan. 2024 One of the biggest areas for concern among Black workers, Shelly says, is AI’s impact on high-mobility jobs, or those typically knowledge-worker roles that offer livable wages and opportunities for earning more money without requiring a four-year degree. Trey Williams, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2024 Temperate, potentially livable oceans could be an inevitable consequence of planet formation. WIRED, 24 Dec. 2023 The space is eclectic and yet extremely livable—Melissa has created her own style, fine-tuned and perfected over time, which works in tandem with the Hygge infrastructure. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 28 Dec. 2023 But that’s not a substitute for housing and a livable level of economic well-being. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2023 To keep a closed-concept room feeling livable and homey, keep it clutter-free. Abby Wilson, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of livable was in 1814

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“Livable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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variants also liveable
: suitable for living in or with
livableness noun

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