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 Next go the acts of necessity that make stays survivable. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 7 Jan. 2022 The trial of a Minnesota police officer charged in the shooting death of Daunte Wright has opened its second week of testimony with an assistant medical examiner telling jurors that his gunshot wound was not survivable. Courtney Mcgee,, 15 Dec. 2021 Wright died by a gunshot wound to the chest that was not survivable, the Hennepin County assistant medical examiner testified. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 15 Dec. 2021 Having a highly survivable and versatile fighter is critical to the defense of Finland, a country of 5.5 million that successfully fended off invasions by much larger neighbors during World War Two. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 These hard days, Wolf says, were survivable with the camaraderie of colleagues and support from a grateful community. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Oct. 2021 That means over eighty percent of key combat aircraft are not survivable against the advanced threats posed by China or Russia. Dave Deptula, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 The other boy suffered critical but survivable injuries, police said. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Nov. 2021 Yet Bobby remained steadfastly by her side, making the intolerable seem survivable. Jennifer Senior, The Atlantic, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of survivable

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Survivable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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