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Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: vie 'life', from Latin vita; VITAL

viable

adjective
     
vi‧a‧ble
1 a viable idea, plan, or method can work successfully
viable alternative/proposition/option etc
The committee came forward with one viable solution.
economically/commercially/financially viable
Will a hotel here be financially viable?
2 technical able to continue to live or to develop into a living thing:
viable seeds
viably adverb
viability noun [uncountable]
the long-term economic viability of the company

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