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

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Under voluntary efforts, the industry promised to make safety upgrades and retrofits intended to prevent fuel tanks from rupturing and killing pilots and passengers in otherwise survivable crashes. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Fiery Helicopter Crashes Persist With Industry Slow to Upgrade Fuel Tanks," 7 Aug. 2018 As the Aeromexico crash in Durango, Mexico, on Tuesday showed, even violent, fiery crashes are highly survivable because of safety improvements in airplane cabins. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Dangerous Decision Air Passengers Keep Making," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of survivable

1955, in the meaning defined above

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