viable

When something is viable, it has the ability to grow or function properly. A viable seed can develop into a plant, while a viable company has the resources to succeed.

The adjective viable refers to something able to function properly and even grow. It is made up of the Latin roots vita which means "life," and the ending -able which means "to be possible." In terms of science or botany, when a plant is viable it can live and flourish in an environment such as a cactus in the desert. Consider also the Wright brothers, who were the first to develop a viable airplane after many tries and spectacular failures.

Primary Meanings of viable

1.
adj
capable of life or normal growth and development
2.
adj
capable of being done with means at hand and circumstances as they are
Full Definitions of viable
1

adj capable of life or normal growth and development

viable seeds”
“a viable fetus”
Synonyms:
alive, live
possessing life
2

adj capable of being done with means at hand and circumstances as they are

Synonyms:
executable, feasible, practicable, workable
possible
capable of happening or existing

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