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unbearable

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adjective un·bear·able \ˌən-ˈber-ə-bəl\

Simple Definition of unbearable

  • : too bad, harsh, or extreme to be accepted or endured : not bearable

Full Definition of unbearable

  1. :  not bearable :  unendurable <unbearable pain>

un·bear·ably play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of unbearable

  1. We were in an almost unbearable state of excitement.

  2. <this heat is unbearable—when are we going to get air-conditioning?>



15th Century

First Known Use of unbearable

15th century


UNBEARABLE Defined for Kids

unbearable

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adjective un·bear·able \ˌən-ˈber-ə-bəl\

Definition of unbearable

  1. :  seeming too great or too bad to put up with <There was a long, unbearable silence. — Blue Balliett, Chasing Vermeer>

un·bear·ably \-blē\ adverb <an unbearably long story>




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