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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The foundation focuses on projects to benefit children, young adults, working-class families, caregivers and livable communities. Corey Williams, The Seattle Times, "Wilson Foundation helping remake parks in Detroit, Buffalo," 16 Oct. 2018 The latest comprehensive plan for the seven-county area covered economic development, livable communities, protection of natural resources, traffic improvements, and collaboration of all levels of government. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "CMAP plan draws variety of comments," 14 July 2018 Designed by David Thulstrup, the 4,300-square-foot loft sits above the offices of Danish furniture company Vipp and serves as a livable retail concept store for the brand. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rent this cozy loft that doubles as a furniture showroom," 27 Dec. 2018 The European city has been named the world’s most livable city by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Most Livable City in the World," 15 Aug. 2018 Only a handful of people continue to live in Eastern Ghouta, scrounging semi-livable destroyed houses to take shelter in. Claudia Otto, CNN, "The siege that forced a suburb underground," 11 Apr. 2018 The store setup feels much like a home space—unlike retail stores that line up items throughout the floor—so shoppers can envision the furniture in an approachable, livable way. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "You'll Want To Live In One Kings Lane's New Flagship Store," 2 Nov. 2018 Kenny McDonald, head of the Columbus economic development group that ran the Amazon bid, said a strategy emerged from the pain of the last housing crisis that focused on not only attracting companies, but also making the city more livable. Shayndi Raice, WSJ, "Second-Tier Cities Boast First-Rate Job Figures," 24 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of livable

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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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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