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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Thankfully, the cult narrative is potent enough to make even the most ridiculous Jughead line bearable. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Riverdale's Cult Plot Is the Only Thing I Care About Right Now," 10 Oct. 2018 Simply knowing that your company is paying attention can make some less-than-perfect circumstances bearable. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 Sloppy storytelling may have been bearable in a movie that showed some passion for its subject. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bohemian Rhapsody reduces Freddie Mercury’s vibrant life to a perfunctory slog," 2 Nov. 2018 By then, Katie had tried so many different ways to make her singleness bearable that the experience wasn’t even worth remembering. Good Housekeeping, "How the Purity Movement Made Women Giddy About Dating Jesus, and Ashamed to Masturbate," 27 Aug. 2018 Harriett said having them there helps make the anniversary bearable for her, too. Samantha Melamed,, "After 26 years working with at-risk teens, can a Philly couple forgive the one who killed their son?," 13 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of bearable

circa 1557, in the meaning defined above

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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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