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tolerable

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adjective tol·er·a·ble \ˈtä-lə-rə-bəl, ˈtäl-rə-; ˈtä-lər-bəl\

Simple Definition of tolerable

  • : unpleasant but able to be accepted or tolerated

  • : good enough to be accepted but not very good

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tolerable

  1. 1 :  capable of being borne or endured <tolerable pain>

  2. 2 :  moderately good or agreeable :  passable <a tolerable singing voice>

tolerability play \ˌtä-lə-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌtäl-rə-\ noun
tolerably play \ˈtä-lə-rə-blē, ˈtäl-rə-; ˈtä-lər-blē\ adverb

Examples of tolerable in a sentence

  1. The heat was tolerable for only a short time.

  2. <stubbing your toe is at least a more tolerable pain than breaking your foot>



15th Century

First Known Use of tolerable

15th century


TOLERABLE Defined for Kids

tolerable

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adjective tol·er·a·ble \ˈtä-lə-rə-bəl\

Definition of tolerable for Students

  1. 1 :  capable of being put up with <I still have pain, but it's tolerable.>

  2. 2 :  fairly good <tolerable weather>

tolerably \-blē\ adverb




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