livable also liveable, 1610s, "likely to survive," from LIVE (Cf. live) (v.) + -ABLE (Cf. -able). Meaning "conducive to living" is from 1660s; sense of "suitable for living in" is from 1814 ("Mansfield Park"). Meaning "endurable" is from 1841.

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  • Livable — Liv a*ble, a. 1. Such as can be lived. [1913 Webster] 2. Such as is pleasant to live in; fit or suitable to live in. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] A more delightful or livable region is not easily to be found. T. Arnold. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • livable — [adj] adequate, acceptable bearable, comfortable, cozy, endurable, fit, habitable, homey, inhabitable, livable, lodgeable, passable, satisfactory, snug, sufferable, supportable, sustainable, tenantable, tolerable, worthwhile; concepts 485,558 Ant …   New thesaurus

  • livable — index habitable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • livable — [liv′ə bəl] adj. 1. fit or pleasant to live in; habitable: said of a city, house, room, etc. 2. that can be lived through; endurable: said of life or of a specified sort of existence 3. agreeable to live with: often used in combination with with …   English World dictionary

  • livable — livableness, livability, n. /liv euh beuhl/, adj. 1. suitable for living in; habitable; comfortable: It took a lot of work to make the old house livable. 2. worth living; endurable: She needed something to make life more livable. 3. that can be… …   Universalium

  • livable — adjective 1 also livable in BrE a place that is livable in is suitable to live in; habitable 2 if your life is livable, you can bear it; endurable …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • livable — liv•a•ble or liveable [[t]ˈlɪv ə bəl[/t]] adj. 1) suitable for living in; habitable; comfortable: to make a house livable[/ex] 2) worth living; endurable: something to make life more livable[/ex] 3) able to be lived with; companionable (often… …   From formal English to slang

  • livable — also liveable adjective Date: 1814 1. suitable for living in, on, or with < a livable house > < livable wages > 2. endurable • livableness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • livable — adj. Livable is used with these nouns: ↑wage …   Collocations dictionary

  • livable — liv|a|ble [ lıvəbl ] adjective 1. ) pleasant enough to live in 2. ) if something is livable, you can bear it but it is not very pleasant or enjoyable …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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