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 survivability (audio) \ noun

Examples of survivable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web DelRio remains on advanced life support after suffering injuries that are tragically not survivable. Fox News, "Ohio detective shot during drug raid suffered injuries that are 'not survivable,' police say," 7 Nov. 2019 That’s survivable against the 3-6 Rebels but won’t work against Georgia (Nov. 16) and Alabama (Nov. 30). John Talty |, al, "Arkansas should dump Chad Morris, Auburn with work to do," 3 Nov. 2019 What the space agency learns from its research will go a long way toward making future long-duration missions to the moon and beyond safe and survivable. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "TIME's Award-Winning Year in Space Documentary Is Now Available On Netflix," 17 Oct. 2019 Doctors had diagnosed Horne with non-survivable sepsis and kidney failure. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DA clears cops in five shootings and in-custody death incidents," 30 Aug. 2019 The only way these thermostat settings are going to be survivable in the Valley is via some serious upgrades in fans and fan efficiency. Scott Craven, azcentral, "82 degrees when sleeping? In Phoenix, we keep the thermostat where we darn well please," 21 Aug. 2019 Also, the European Transport Safety Council estimated in a 1996 study that 90 percent of all aircraft accidents worldwide were technically survivable. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "24 hours, 3 plane crashes, 13 people — and zero fatalities," 22 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, it was also expressed by some normal B cells, but if the CAR attacked them as well, that was survivable collateral damage. Charles Graeber, WIRED, "How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer," 25 July 2019 If not, a holdout should be survivable — Bolts were 4-0 without him last season. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: How all 32 teams stack up heading into 2019 training camps," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of survivable

1955, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2019

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“Survivable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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