AskDefine | Define viability

Dictionary Definition



1 (of living things) capable of normal growth and development
2 capable of become practical and useful

User Contributed Dictionary



viable + -ity


(US) IPA: /ˌvaɪəˈbɪlɪti/


  1. the property of being viable; the ability to live or to succeed
    • 1904, Hugo DeVries, Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation
      Ordinarily these altered organs are sterile, but in some instances a very small quantity of seed is produced, and when testing their viability I succeeded in raising a few plants from them.
    • 1980, Jimmy Carter, State of the Union Address
      In making its grants the Endowment will increase its emphasis on techniques which stimulate support for the humanities from non-Federal sources, in order to reinforce our tradition of private philanthropy in this field, and to insure and expand the financial, viability of our cultural institutions and life.


Extensive Definition

Viability means in general "capacity for survival" and is more specifically used to mean a capacity for living, developing, or germinating under favorable conditions. The word is especially used in the following contexts:
viability in Modern Greek (1453-): Βιωσιμότητα
viability in French: Viabilité

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