liv·​able | \ˈli-və-bəl \
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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Other Words from livable

livableness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for livable


habitable, inhabitable


uninhabitable, unlivable

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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.

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Growing up in a little suburb in Pennsylvania, when my time outside was primarily the brief sprint from building to car or vice versa, this was a livable, if annoying, condition. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "Buying Heating Pads in Bulk Is My Secret Weapon for Helping My Hands Survive Frigid Winters," 29 Oct. 2018 The findings will then be used to determine decisions like whether there should be a permanent cap on ride-hail licenses, minimum livable wages for drivers and a potential minimum fare for each ride. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber lost in NYC. But here’s the real problem.," 8 Aug. 2018 As a temperate rain forest, livable almost all year round, that part of the country, including Seattle and northern California, has a huge inflow of non-conforming Americans. Peter Keough,, "Family bonds prevail in ‘Leave No Trace’," 21 June 2018 For some issues, like slavery and guns, neither side can convert the other or fashion a livable compromise. Ron Grossman,, "The nation's divide over guns is a disturbing echo of the past," 11 June 2018 Cell towers were rendered obsolete, thousands were left without livable homes, communities were isolated by devastated infrastructure, and access to basic necessities were scant for many. Jhoni Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Puerto Rico's Recovery Efforts Continue a Half Year After Hurricane Maria," 16 Apr. 2018 Unlike some other communities, opting for the sunroom at Bidwell Village means that buyers end up with a fully livable addition built over a full basement and integrated into the floor plan. Hartford Courant,, "Bidwell Village, Coventry," 5 Apr. 2018 There are a few odd design choices (why are random apps hiding the status bar?), but overall this is a livable OS. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Galaxy S9+ review—Faster specs, better biometrics in a familiar package," 15 Mar. 2018 Yes, all of it really does exist in 16 feet of livable space. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This 20-Year-Old Bus Is Now A Solar-Powered Traveling Tiny Home," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of livable

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of livable

: suitable to live in : enjoyable to live in

: making it possible to live or to have the things that people need to live properly

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