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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Quilted, fluffy, and snuggly, these pieces will make the next polar vortex much more bearable. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 8 Best Accessory Trends of Fall 2019," 14 Mar. 2019 Tis the season to spend $$, but these epic sales will make the holiday splurge a little more bearable. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "These Are the Most Amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 Courtesy DanielRiera The thought of going to work in the snow just became more bearable, thanks to Jimmy Choo. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Jimmy Choo Voyager Boot Has a Heated Insole and I Need It," 8 Nov. 2018 Having a safe space online made my early gay life a lot more bearable. German Lopez, Vox, "Video game addiction is real, rare, and poorly understood," 6 Dec. 2018 Maybe that’s because doing so would reveal that these relatively bearable costs arise under a worst-case scenario for emissions, known as RCP 8.5, which would further undercut the media’s hysterical adjectives. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Press Is the Enemy of Climate," 4 Dec. 2018 This all gets a lot more bearable with a good pair of socks, though. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "Darn Tough Socks Are Boot Socks That Will Last You a Lifetime," 7 Nov. 2018 The road noise and ride quality was more bearable on Interstate 57 and smoother southern roads, but Rex is by design best suited for people who like to drive hard with the radio up and the windows down — as I once did not too long ago. Robert Duffer,, "2018 Subaru WRX is too loud and I'm too old," 11 July 2017 No one is promising flavor, only the entirely bearable lightness of being slightly or very inebriated, as suits you. Casey Johnston, Ars Technica, "Store-bought is not enough: My first hard cider homebrew," 22 Nov. 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 How to pronounce bearable (audio) \

Kids Definition of bearable

: possible to put up with

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