sur·​viv·​able | \ sər-ˈvī-və-bəl How to pronounce survivable (audio) \

Definition of survivable

: resulting in or permitting survival

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survivability \ sər-​ˌvī-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce survivable (audio) \ noun

Examples of survivable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The same complaints about the Browns defense will take us through this week, mistakes that are familiar by now, and mistakes that are often survivable. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "What does it take to beat the Cleveland Browns right now? A little magic: Doug Lesmerises," 15 Dec. 2020 The use of a modern tank hull makes the JAB more survivable against enemy fire, including underbody land mine blast damage and artillery fire. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Next-Gen Army Vehicle Is Half M1 Abrams Tank, Half Bridge," 10 Dec. 2020 The recapitalization of the nation’s strategic ballistic missile submarine fleet will remain a top priority of the Navy, modernizing the most survivable leg of the nuclear triad. Russ Vought And Robert O’brien, WSJ, "The Navy Stops Taking On Water," 9 Dec. 2020 Plus, Jack was shot in the stomach, which in the world of movies and TV is usually a survivable injury, potentially indicating that the shooter wasn't actually aiming to kill. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "Every Theory About Who Shot Jack in 'Virgin River,' From Most to Least Plausible," 7 Dec. 2020 For instance, the regulations do not require donor hospitals to maintain on life support patients with non-survivable brain injuries long enough to make sure their viable organs can be considered for donation. David C. Mulligan, STAT, "CMS’s new rules on organ donation and transplantation ‘will bring chaos’," 23 Nov. 2020 If handled appropriately, any one issue might have been survivable. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Florida State's football program searches for an identity and a winning streak," 8 Oct. 2020 Extreme humidity from New Orleans to northern Wisconsin will make summers increasingly unbearable, turning otherwise seemingly survivable heat waves into debilitating health threats. Meridith Kohut, ProPublica, "Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration," 15 Sep. 2020 Bochsler said one down year would be survivable for the event, but two could be devastating. oregonlive, "Mount Angel Oktoberfest canceled as we know it for 2020; board considers drive-through format," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of survivable

1955, in the meaning defined above

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26 Dec 2020

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“Survivable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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