sur·​viv·​able sər-ˈvī-və-bəl How to pronounce survivable (audio)
: resulting in or permitting survival
survivability noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The introduction of monoclonal antibodies for these most vulnerable infants made RSV survivable for many, but still some are lost to the virus. Jen Christensen, CNN, 5 Apr. 2023 However, those recent numbers are not survivable for a club that portends to have legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 24 Nov. 2022 The Air Force describes the B-21 as a long-range, highly survivable, penetrating strike stealth bomber. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 5 Dec. 2022 The startling statistic, although small in number considering there are more than 640,000 law enforcement officers in the United States, has policing experts working overtime to find ways to make ambush attacks more survivable, as there is no way to prevent an ambush from happening. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 23 Oct. 2022 Heartbreak is survivable, and possibly a key to self-knowledge. Jill Spivey Caddell, Longreads, 26 May 2022 Most plane crashes are actually survivable. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 25 Jan. 2022 Skin cancer is common, but often survivable. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2022 Space systems include more survivable, resilient satellite architectures that are not as vulnerable to attack as current designs as well as those that can conduct offensive operations. Dave Deptula, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of survivable was in 1955

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“Survivable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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