Definition of “viable” - English Dictionary

“viable” in British English

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uk /ˈvaɪ.ə.bəl/ us /ˈvaɪ.ə.bəl/

specialized biology able to continue to exist as or develop into a living being:

There is a continuing debate about the age at which a human foetus can be considered viable.

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  • The project is not financially viable .
  • We have concerns about whether the government will be able to provide viable social services for poorer families/provide poorer families with viable social services.
  • The government wants to encourage viable self-contained rural communities.
  • It was not viable to support ourselves on such as small plot of land.
  • We hope to provide a viable alternative to car travel.
adverb uk /ˈvaɪ.ə.bli/ us /ˈvaɪ.ə.bli/

(Definition of “viable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“viable” in American English

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us /ˈvɑɪ·ə·bəl/

able to exist, perform as intended, or succeed:

The company had to seek other ways to remain viable.
He would be a viable candidate for any office he wanted to run for.
noun [ U ] us /ˌvɑɪ·əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/

She’s going to have to cut costs to maintain the viability of her business.

(Definition of “viable” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“viable” in Business English

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uk /ˈvaɪəbl/ us

able to be done or likely to succeed:

commercially/economically/financially viable Rising oil prices have made alternative energy sources more economically viable.
a viable business/company/market The fund exists to provide finance to viable businesses that have been rejected by mainstream lenders.
Home-working offers a viable solution to the work/family conflict.
a viable alternative/option/proposition

(Definition of “viable” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)