nonviable

adjective non·vi·a·ble \ ˌnän-ˈvī-ə-bəl \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of nonviable

: not viable : not capable of living, growing, developing, or functioning successfully
  • nonviable cells
  • a nonviable solution
  • … states that adopted the insurance reforms into law might find their markets nonviable without the federal subsidies and mandates.
  • —Timothy Jost

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First Known Use of nonviable

1871

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nonviable

adjective non·vi·a·ble \ -ˈvī-ə-bəl \

medical Definition of nonviable

: not capable of living, growing, or developing and functioning successfully
  • nonviable embryos

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