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

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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 New developments are making this area even more livable and inviting. al, "Can Mobile’s Mardi Gras good times roll year round?," 23 Feb. 2020 At wide-open throttle, its cabin is filled with 95 decibels of mechanical thunder, but that backs off to a livable 75 decibels at 70 mph. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "VF Engineering Lamborghini Huracán Is a Beast with Manners," 21 Feb. 2020 But Our Children’s Trust attorney Julia Olson, representing the youth plaintiffs, said the constitutional right to a safe, livable climate is an intrinsic part of rights to bodily integrity, personal security and family autonomy. Jennifer Hijazi, Science | AAAS, "U.S. appeals court tosses children’s climate lawsuit," 17 Jan. 2020 The dramatic house in a dramatic Oakland Township subdivision has a large, livable family section, a glamorous entertaining area and a serious sports bar. Detroit Free Press, "10 of the most impressive homes that were for sale in metro Detroit this year," 31 Dec. 2019 Terraform it from red hellscape into livable oasis, and the surge in happiness and innovation might just get us to Mars. Jason Kehe, Wired, "Angry Nerd: You're All Wrong About the Worst Day of the Week," 17 Dec. 2019 Working in higher education at any of Houston’s many colleges and universities offer so much more, above and beyond interesting jobs and a livable paycheck. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Employment opportunities aided by colleges," 16 Nov. 2019 Among our favorites: a Park Avenue apartment that showcases Stilin’s ability to make spaces casual and livable yet elegant and sophisticated at the same time. Robert Rufino, ELLE Decor, "Designer Robert Stilin’s First Book is Packed with the Chicest Interiors," 5 Nov. 2019 The role of city government is to equitably and efficiently provide basic services that create a safe and livable environment. Pioneer Press Elections Team, Twin Cities, "ST. PAUL CITY COUNCIL, WARD 5," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of livable

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Mar 2020

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“Livable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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