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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: capable of germinating, growing, or developing, as a living organism or social organization.
Many of the seeds were not viable, and we didn't get as many plants as we had hoped.
definition 2: capable of sustaining life and developing as a fetus outside the womb.
definition 3: capable of being put into effect; practicable.
We rejected a number of ideas before we came up with a viable strategy.
dead, impracticable
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adverb + (adj.)viable commercially, ecologically, economically, environmentally, equally, financially, long, politically, potentially, socially, technically, truly
(adj.)viable + noun alternative, approach, bacterium, breeding, candidate, competitor, compromise, concept, count, crop, democracy, disposal, embryo, enterprise, entity, explanation, fetus, fishery, fossil, framework, franchise, fuel, habitat, hypothesis, institution, means, mechanism, method, methodology, microorganism, mode, offspring, opposition, option, organism, plan, population, proposition, replacement, scheme, seed, solution, sperm, spore, strategy, substitute, suspect, tool, treatment [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivation: viability (n.)
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The word viable contains the following parts:
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable