Definition of survivable in English:



  • (of an accident or ordeal) able to be survived; not fatal.

    ‘air crashes are becoming more survivable’
    • ‘In the old days the disease was terrible, but survivable: farms were quarantined and the animals nursed.’
    • ‘In particular, the books play with different ideas of civil polity: how you can make, or fail to make, the business of living together in large groups survivable.’
    • ‘The former would be a survivable disaster for the human race.’
    • ‘Since 1978, nine lap children under the age of 2 have died and 13 have been injured in aircraft accidents that were otherwise survivable.’
    • ‘As he came down he stuck his foot on the fireplace and heavy blocks fell down on him, causing injuries that were not survivable.’
    • ‘In the Arctic, the Eskimos made wise use of the materials available in that harsh environment and they have survived on the edge of what's survivable.’
    • ‘It's bad, but strategically, it's survivable.’
    • ‘Many believe that all aviation accidents are not survivable.’
    • ‘It's not runnable in our craft and, if we're sucked into the hole beyond the chute, perhaps not survivable.’
    • ‘The truth was the ozone layer wasn't going to be able to supply a survivable living area.’
    • ‘What I did right minimized the impact of the causal factors, and helped to make the accident survivable.’
    • ‘Like cancer, no longer seen as necessarily fatal, a nuclear strike is being discussed as though it were containable, survivable.’
    • ‘Any of these were survivable mistakes, but all three in a row were mortal.’
    • ‘It was going to be a damage site, but it was going to be survivable.’
    • ‘Today, it's very survivable in many, many cases.’
    • ‘The first two minutes of flight when the boosters are burning are generally considered the most dangerous part of the shuttle launch, with the fewest survivable options should anything go wrong.’
    • ‘The NTSB determined the accident was not survivable because of high impact forces, and autopsies confirmed all deaths were the result of blunt-force trauma.’
    • ‘I was looking at the numbers, too, of actually survivable crashes.’
    • ‘However it is important to remember that most obstacles are survivable even if it may not seem like it at the time.’
    • ‘The question now is would that be a survivable environment?’