bear·​able | \ ˈber-ə-bəl How to pronounce bearable (audio) \

Definition of bearable

: capable of being borne

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Other Words from bearable

bearability \ ˌber-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce bearability (audio) \ noun
bearably \ ˈber-​ə-​blē How to pronounce bearably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of bearable in a Sentence

He's in a great deal of pain, but the medication makes it bearable. the pain from a sprained ankle is annoying but bearable
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First Known Use of bearable

circa 1557, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bearable was circa 1557

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15 Feb 2020

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“Bearable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bearable

: possible to bear : able to be accepted or endured


bear·​able | \ ˈber-ə-bəl How to pronounce bearable (audio) \

Kids Definition of bearable

: possible to put up with

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