One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Capable of working successfully; feasible.‘the proposed investment was economically viable’
workable, feasible, practicable, practical, applicable, usable, manageable, operable, operational, possible, within the bounds of possibility, within the realms of possibility, within reach, within reason, likely, achievable, attainable, accomplishable, realizable, reasonable, sensible, realistic, logical, useful, of use, serviceable, suitable, expedient, effective, valid, tenableView synonyms
- ‘Buying pirated movies is a viable alternative to those of us who are economically challenged.’
- ‘An agenda that can be articulated as a viable alternative to the version of corporate globalisation currently under way.’
- ‘Unfortunately the fees are high and with no viable alternative and unable to find work, Charlie along with Phil hit on an idea.’
- ‘It insists the commissioners' alternative scheme is not viable, as it will not attract sufficient grants.’
- ‘In fact, Thompson said new technology would have to be developed for the solar car to become a viable consumer alternative.’
- ‘The internet may provide a viable alternative but for the moment, everyone seems lost, wondering what's going to happen next.’
- ‘Concern over low usage had already been raised with the local community, but no viable suggestions for alternative fixed sites had come forward.’
- ‘They say the proposals will also offer a viable transport alternative to the car and will make inter-district travel a reality.’
- ‘A mural for the walls became a more permanent and viable alternative.’
- ‘Wherever there were regular shifts, buses can be a viable alternative.’
- ‘In certain circumstances, such as dwellings where there is no suitable or viable alternative option, the use of cesspools may be acceptable.’
- ‘This view is not derived from a sense of optimism, but from a realisation that viable alternatives need to be developed to reduce car usage and pollution.’
- ‘I looked at the Dem candidates and realized there is no viable alternative for me.’
- ‘In turn, it may make campus and community radio all the more viable as alternative media for the music of talents like Fisher.’
- ‘It is hard to see any practical and viable alternative to the state at present.’
- ‘If the conservatory legally stands and you continue to feel that moving house isn't a viable option, alternative tactics could be adopted.’
- ‘Mr Fitzgerald said the airport has to tailor a commercial structure to achieve viable bottom line operating costs.’
- ‘A viable plan for an alternative would be part of the proposed project.’
- ‘That's a little beside the point, though, because my article was focusing on whether commuter Internet access was viable and feasible.’
- ‘So, is there is a viable future for alternative operators in the United Kingdom?’
- 1.1Botany (of a seed or spore) able to germinate.
- ‘They have investigated, over three seasons, the development process from ovule to viable seed.’
- ‘The plants that survived appeared phenotypically normal in all growth phases and produce viable seed that germinated normally.’
- ‘All plants were found to be fertile and set viable seeds which germinated and produced morphologically normal plants.’
- ‘Dashed segments of the line indicate where viable seeds do not germinate at low temperatures.’
- ‘Dormancy is defined as the inability of a viable seed to germinate under conditions otherwise adequate for germination.’
- 1.2Biology (of a plant, animal, or cell) capable of surviving or living successfully, especially under particular environmental conditions.
- ‘An aliquot of the cell suspension was removed and the number of viable cells determined by trypan blue exclusion.’
- ‘In addition, their long shelf life eventually might translate into a reduced number of viable cells.’
- ‘The number of colonies present was a measure of the number of viable cells in the original cultures.’
- ‘It follows from the conclusion reached above that the physiological changes that occur during senescence are those of viable cells and tissues.’
- ‘A peak value is then seen where the greatest numbers of molecules are in the greatest number of viable cells.’
- 1.3Medicine (of a fetus or unborn child) able to live after birth.
- ‘Others would argue that a woman should have the right to terminate her pregnancy at any time in pregnancy, up to the point where the fetus is viable and fully formed.’
- ‘If significant placental abruption occurs, a viable fetus should be delivered immediately.’
- ‘A provisional diagnosis of missed abortion was made, but an ultrasound scan subsequently revealed viable triplets.’
- ‘Surgery for intractable disease should be delayed until the fetus is viable.’
- ‘A rise in basal body temperature may signal either a passing virus or a viable fetus.’
Early 19th century: from French, from vie ‘life’, from Latin vita.
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