vi·​a·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌvī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce viability (audio) \

Definition of viability

: the quality or state of being viable: such as
a(1) : the ability to live, grow, and develop the viability of seeds under dry conditions
(2) : the capability of a fetus to survive outside the uterus fetal viability
b : the ability to function adequately The viability of lymphocytes serially harvested from stored bank blood …Biological Abstracts
c : the ability to succeed or be sustained This year's market turmoil had called into question the viability of the investment-banking business model …Wall Street Journal Getting an informed start now may be essential to future growth and economic viability of the U.S. wine industry.— Gordon W Murchie

First Known Use of viability

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of viability was in 1837

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“Viability.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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vi·​a·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌvī-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce viability (audio) \
plural viabilities

Medical Definition of viability

: the quality or state of being viable : the ability to live, grow, and develop

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