non·​vi·​a·​ble | \ ˌnän-ˈvī-ə-bəl How to pronounce nonviable (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web France and Britain have been at odds in recent months, as the British government has renewed its calls to make the Channel crossing between the two countries nonviable. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, "When migrants fall through the cracks in France, volunteers step in," 16 Oct. 2020 Even if the patient is on life support and a decision is made to pull the plug, about 30 percent of the time the organs become nonviable as blood pressure drops and circulation grinds to a halt. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "The Morally Complex Mix of Euthanasia and Organ Donation," 4 May 2020 Final allocation: The total number of caucus goers supporting each candidate after nonviable contenders — those who fail to meet a threshold of at least 15% — are eliminated in each precinct. Alyza Sebenius,, "FBI Will Report Cyber Breaches to States: Campaign Update," 3 Feb. 2020 The malfunction took place March 3, 2018, when temperatures rose in a cryopreservation tank, rendering 4,000 embryos and eggs of more than 900 families nonviable. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Woman, couple sue University Hospitals over loss of embryos, eggs in freezer malfunction," 5 Feb. 2020 Caucusgoers who supported nonviable candidates can also band together to make one candidate viable. NBC News, "Iowa Democratic caucuses: Why more than one candidate could declare victory in Iowa," 5 Feb. 2020 Supporters of a nonviable candidate are then free to move to support another candidate. Author: Dan Balz, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Epic breakdown in Iowa invites criticism of the caucus system and the state’s status," 4 Feb. 2020 Supporters of a nonviable candidate are then free to move to support another candidate. Dan Balz,, "Uncertainty plagues first voting of 2020," 4 Feb. 2020 Another change: Only members of nonviable groups will be allowed to realign. NBC News, "What is the Iowa caucus process: How does the Iowa caucus work?," 3 Feb. 2020

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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non·​vi·​a·​ble | \ -ˈvī-ə-bəl How to pronounce nonviable (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonviable

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

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