viable

  • 1 viable — [ vjabl ] adj. • 1537; de vie 1 ♦ Apte à vivre (⇒ 2. viabilité). Après le 180e jour de la grossesse, l enfant est légalement reconnu viable. Hybrides viables mais inféconds. 2 ♦ Qui présente les conditions nécessaires pour durer, se développer. ⇒ …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 viable — vi‧a‧ble [ˈvaɪəbl] adjective 1. a viable plan, system, suggestion etc is realistic and therefore may succeed: • We had two months to come up with a viable proposal for saving the factory. • If investors find that approach viable, there are no… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 viable — [vī′ə bəl] adj. [Fr, likely to live < vie, life < L vita: see VITAL] 1. able to live; specif., a) having developed sufficiently within the uterus to be able to live and continue normal development outside the uterus [a premature but viable… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 viable — adj. embriol. Dícese del feto recién nacido que dado su grado de desarrollo, es capaz de vivir fuera del útero. Medical Dictionary. 2011. viable …

    Diccionario médico

  • 5 Viable — Vi a*ble, a. [F., from vie life, L. vita. See {Vital}.] (Law) Capable of living; born alive and with such form and development of organs as to be capable of living; said of a newborn, or a prematurely born, infant. [1913 Webster] Note: Unless he… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 viable — I adjective acceptable, actable, alive, appropriate, apt, capable of development, capable of growth, conceivable, doable, effective, effectual, efficacious, encouraging, expedient, favorable, feasible, functional, imaginable, legitimate, likely,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 viable — (adj.) 1828, from Fr. viable capable of life (1530s), from vie life (from L. vita life; see VITAL (Cf. vital)) + ABLE (Cf. able). Originally of newborn infants; generalized sense is first recorded 1848 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 viable — is a 19c loanword from French, and was first used to describe a fetus or newborn child that was capable of maintaining life. Metaphorical uses developed in the 19c, but it was not until the 1940s that it became a vogue word applied to a whole… …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 viable — [adj] reasonable, practicable applicable, doable, feasible, operable, possible, usable, within possibility, workable; concepts 552,560 Ant. impossible, unachievable, unpractical, unreasonable …

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  • 10 viable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) capable of working successfully; feasible. 2) Biology (of a plant, animal, or cell) capable of surviving or living successfully. DERIVATIVES viability noun viably adverb. ORIGIN French, from vie life …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 viable — 01. Wind generated power is not yet financially [viable] on a large scale in this country. 02. Grains of wheat discovered in the great pyramids of Egypt were found to still be [viable] thousands of years after they were placed there. 03. The… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 12 viable — (Del fr. viable.) ► adjetivo 1 Que puede vivir, en especial las criaturas recién nacidas. ANTÓNIMO inviable 2 Que puede ser realizado: ■ solución viable; proyecto viable. SINÓNIMO posible ANTÓNIMO irrealizable 3 …

    Enciclopedia Universal

  • 13 viable — adjective Etymology: French, from Middle French, from vie life, from Latin vita more at vital Date: circa 1832 1. capable of living; especially having attained such form and development as to be normally capable of surviving outside the mother s… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 Viable — Capable of life. For example, a viable premature baby is one who is able to survive outside the womb. * * * Capable of living; denoting a fetus sufficiently developed to live outside of the uterus. [Fr. fr. vie, life, fr. L. vita] * * * vi·a·ble… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 15 viable — vi|a|ble [ˈvaıəbəl] adj [Date: 1800 1900; : French; Origin: vie life , from Latin vita; VITAL] 1.) a viable idea, plan, or method can work successfully viable alternative/proposition/option etc ▪ The committee came forward with one viable… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 viable — [[t]va͟ɪ͟əb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is viable is capable of doing what it is intended to do. Cash alone will not make Eastern Europe s banks viable... The goal has been to establish and sustain a nation of viable family farms.… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 viable — adjective 1 a viable plan or system can work successfully: a viable proposition/alternative/method etc Nuclear energy is only one viable alternative to coal or gas. | economically/commercially viable The project is not economically viable. 2… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 viable — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove, seem ▪ None of the projects proved financially viable. ▪ become ▪ remain ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 viable — adj m y f 1 Que tiene posibilidades de desarrollarse, de llevarse a cabo o aplicarse con éxito: un proyecto viable, Era una operación demasiado costosa para ser comercialmente viable , Esto constituye la única forma viable de purificar el… …

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  • 20 viable — vi•a•ble [[t]ˈvaɪ ə bəl[/t]] adj. 1) capable of living 2) phl (of a fetus) sufficiently developed to be capable of living, under normal conditions, outside the uterus 3) bot cvb having the ability to grow or develop: a viable country; a viable… …

    From formal English to slang