sur·viv·able | \sər-ˈvī-və-bəl \

Definition of survivable 

: resulting in or permitting survival

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survivability \sər-ˌvī-və-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun

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The vehicle will incorporate new technologies that the Army has increasingly had to bolt onto the older vehicle, as well as be more lethal and survivable against modern threats. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s Next Fighting Vehicle Will Be a Troop Carrier," 28 June 2018 Arriving officers found one man with a life-threatening gunshot wound and another with survivable injuries, police said. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Police seek suspect in fatal Glendale shooting," 9 July 2018 He was equally intrigued by other infections that are perfectly survivable or even innocuous for most of us but send some individuals to their grave. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes," 13 July 2018 The man suffered serious but survivable injuries, Lewis said. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "2 dead, 1 wounded in south Phoenix shooting," 25 June 2018 America’s ballistic missile submarines are probably the most survivable, most effective deterring, and least threatening arm of the nuclear triad. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy's Next Missile Submarines Will Have an 'Eye-Watering' Price Tag," 20 Mar. 2018 The also figured out that smaller holes were more survivable than larger holes. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Inca Skull Surgeons Had Better Success Rates Than American Civil War Doctors," 14 June 2018 Cleveland has air that is more or less breathable, a climate that is arguably survivable, and hundreds of meat vendors, yet good luck convincing someone to move there. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Let's Fire Elon Musk Into Space," 31 May 2018 Police found the man with survivable injuries at the home. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Police ID Phoenix woman killed in domestic violence shooting," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of survivable

1955, in the meaning defined above

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