Definition of livable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlivəb(ə)l/
(also liveable)


1Worth living; enjoyable: fatherhood makes life more livable
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  • I spoke to a young man recently who had nothing but praise for the service and credited it with making his life liveable again.
  • This could be a story about madness, or about the illusions we adopt to make life livable, or simply about the deliciousness of doughnuts (which of course have a void in the middle).
  • When I lived in India, I was appalled at the lack of respect for a livable life we all displayed.
1.1(Of an environment or climate) fit to live in: one of the most livable cities in the world
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  • With the kitchen looking somewhat homey and organized Mary Jane moved back into the living room and decided to make it more liveable, by unpacking more boxes, and moving some of them to where they would eventually be unpacked.
  • The thatched cottages were usually intolerable slums when the poor inhabited them, and were only made liveable when the rich discovered the charm of a simple rustic habitation as an escape from the industrial urban environment.
  • This might actually be the right strategy, as it is the urbanites that have been most psychologically affected and found it the most difficult by being out on the streets (even if their houses look liveable, for fear of another quake).
habitable, inhabitable, fit to live in, in good repair;
suitable, acceptable, passable;
comfortable, cozy



Pronunciation: /ˌlivəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • They were focused on a certain form of efficiency at the cost of liveability, heritage and sustainability.
  • Port-of-Spain's security, safety, sanitation and environmental handicaps, then, are likely to make a bigger impact upon economic productivity than on city-dwelling liveability.
  • These developments - the liveability of life under direct rule - may also explain the political intransigence that is apparent in the population and among politicians.

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Syllabification: liv·a·ble

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