Definition of survivable in English:



  • (of an accident or ordeal) able to be survived; not fatal.

    ‘air crashes are becoming more survivable’
    • ‘The NTSB determined the accident was not survivable because of high impact forces, and autopsies confirmed all deaths were the result of blunt-force trauma.’
    • ‘Many believe that all aviation accidents are not survivable.’
    • ‘The former would be a survivable disaster for the human race.’
    • ‘Since 1978, nine lap children under the age of 2 have died and 13 have been injured in aircraft accidents that were otherwise survivable.’
    • ‘What I did right minimized the impact of the causal factors, and helped to make the accident survivable.’
    • ‘The truth was the ozone layer wasn't going to be able to supply a survivable living area.’
    • ‘It's bad, but strategically, it's survivable.’
    • ‘Today, it's very survivable in many, many cases.’
    • ‘In particular, the books play with different ideas of civil polity: how you can make, or fail to make, the business of living together in large groups survivable.’
    • ‘In the Arctic, the Eskimos made wise use of the materials available in that harsh environment and they have survived on the edge of what's survivable.’
    • ‘I was looking at the numbers, too, of actually survivable crashes.’
    • ‘It's not runnable in our craft and, if we're sucked into the hole beyond the chute, perhaps not survivable.’
    • ‘It was going to be a damage site, but it was going to be survivable.’
    • ‘Like cancer, no longer seen as necessarily fatal, a nuclear strike is being discussed as though it were containable, survivable.’
    • ‘In the old days the disease was terrible, but survivable: farms were quarantined and the animals nursed.’
    • ‘However it is important to remember that most obstacles are survivable even if it may not seem like it at the time.’
    • ‘As he came down he stuck his foot on the fireplace and heavy blocks fell down on him, causing injuries that were not survivable.’
    • ‘Any of these were survivable mistakes, but all three in a row were mortal.’
    • ‘The question now is would that be a survivable environment?’
    • ‘The first two minutes of flight when the boosters are burning are generally considered the most dangerous part of the shuttle launch, with the fewest survivable options should anything go wrong.’