bear·​able ˈber-ə-bəl How to pronounce bearable (audio)
: capable of being borne
bearability noun
bearably 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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1557, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bearable was circa 1557

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“Bearable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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bear·​able ˈbar-ə-bəl How to pronounce bearable (audio)
: possible to bear

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