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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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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And the show’s interior designer, Bobby Berk, makes their homes livable and often gorgeous. Bonnie Wertheim, New York Times, "Antoni Porowski Can Cook," 6 Mar. 2018 There's work to be done to make the place more livable (any interested residents!?), but Chip and Joanna will no doubt come to the rescue. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "So, Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Now the Proud Owners of...A Castle?," 3 Mar. 2019 New money is going into projects aimed at making cities and towns more livable and efficient. Sarah Chaney And Heather Gillers, WSJ, "State and Local Investment Gets Lift From Rising Revenues," 15 Dec. 2018 These demands respond to prisoners’ basic needs, and would make everyday life a little more livable for those locked up in the U.S. today. Stephanie Onderchanin, Teen Vogue, "How the National Prison Strike Is Working to Help Incarcerated People in the United States," 21 Aug. 2018 In fact, everyday ride quality is entirely livable. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "America finally gets Honda’s best: The 2018 Civic Type R," 22 Jan. 2018 We’re no longer willing to accept that in 2019, women are overrepresented in the lowest-paying jobs and underrepresented in the jobs with power or even a livable wage. Alicia Garza, Marie Claire, "Alicia Garza: Women Are the New Face of Power," 21 Mar. 2019 Seniors want livable, walkable, urban neighborhoods, and developers are responding in kind. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Senior housing: Older Americans face affordability, accessibility challenges," 14 Nov. 2018 Across all structures, the property has more than 5,200 square feet of livable space. Bob Goldsborough,, "Director, playwright Neil LaBute's longtime North Barrington home hits market," 26 May 2017

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

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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