viable Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite capable of being done with means at hand and circumstances as they are
    executable; workable; practicable; feasible.
  2. adjective satellite capable of life or normal growth and development
    • viable seeds
    • a viable fetus


Vi"a*ble adjective
F., from vie life, L. vita. See Vital.
  1. (Law) Capable of living; born alive and with such form and development of organs as to be capable of living; -- said of a newborn, or a prematurely born, infant. ✍ Unless he [an infant] is born viable, he acquires no rights, and can not transmit them to his heirs, and is considered as if he had never been born. Bouvier.

Webster 1913