bear·able | \ˈber-ə-bəl \

Definition of bearable 

: capable of being borne

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Other Words from bearable

bearability \ˌber-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
bearably \ˈber-ə-blē \ 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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This latest round of change has to work, because another massive upheaval without stellar results just wouldn't be bearable. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Despite changes, Michigan football faces familiar questions on offense," 6 July 2018 Air conditioning, despite its negative impact on the environment, made industrial work in hot temperatures possible and office work bearable, meant that cities like Dallas, Atlanta, and Miami could attract citizens. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "Don’t get too comfortable: America’s relentless pursuit of convenience and relaxation," 19 May 2018 The other half is made of outright messy combat that ranges from bearable (during random street fights) to excruciating (during the too frequent, too similar, and too long boss battles). Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Vampyr review: Dead in the daylight," 6 June 2018 Still, their dry humor and raw, personal accounts help make thinking about our common fate bearable. Ann Toews, WSJ, "‘Everything Happens for a Reason’ and ‘Natural Causes’ Review: The False God of ‘Wellness’," 22 May 2018 Options for making such long flights more bearable would include introducing a new four-class structure, with part of the cargo hold utilized for sleeping berths, Joyce has said. Angus Whitley,, "Airbus Sees Demand Beyond Qantas for Ultra-Long Range Plane," 3 June 2018 The movie is the simple story of two sisters ruining each others lives and making each other's lives bearable all at the same time — as sisters do. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "11 Movies Every Selena Gomez Fan Must Watch," 14 July 2017 Feel free to add this to your workout playlist to make those last few abs reps bearable. Alex Rees, Cosmopolitan, "Michael Phelps Just Explained His Olympic Grumpface," 29 Aug. 2016 Looking for solutions Property taxes and fees in Waukegan are getting well past the point of being bearable. Lake County News-Sun, "Talk of the County: President Trump is not a liar," 24 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bearable

: possible to bear : able to be accepted or endured


bear·able | \ˈber-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of bearable

: possible to put up with

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evasion of direct action or statement

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