tolerable

adjective
tol·​er·​a·​ble | \ ˈtä-lə-rə-bəl, ˈtäl-rə-; ˈtä-lər-bəl\

Definition of tolerable

1 : capable of being borne or endured tolerable pain
2 : moderately good or agreeable : passable a tolerable singing voice

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Other Words from tolerable

tolerability \ ˌtä-​lə-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē , ˌtäl-​rə-​ \ noun
tolerably \ ˈtä-​lə-​rə-​blē , ˈtäl-​rə-​ ; ˈtä-​lər-​blē \ adverb

Examples of tolerable in a Sentence

The heat was tolerable for only a short time. stubbing your toe is at least a more tolerable pain than breaking your foot

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Is the Illinois Department of Transportation also trying to make the Kennedy more tolerable? Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Anybody else notice something funny about Illinois highway signs?," 27 June 2018 Policing these more substantial offenses might make your work relationship more tolerable in general. New York Times, "When a Good Friend Becomes a Terrible Colleague," 9 Mar. 2018 Hand-me-downs are a (sometimes tolerable, sometimes less so) fact of life for most of us. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Letizia of Spain Steps Out in a Red Outfit That She Borrowed from Her Mother-in-Law, Queen Sofia," 20 Dec. 2018 From Spongebob nostalgia to hit film references, these memes helped make 2018 a little more tolerable. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "22 Memes That Made 2018 Less Horrible," 17 Dec. 2018 Some, like the thin, slightly bitter Hello Kitty, were tolerable, but more often than not, the wines weren’t very good. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Do Women Really Want Wine That’s Sweet, Pink and Silly?," 30 Oct. 2018 None of these demands should be tolerable to Senators who care about finding the truth about a serious accusation. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Presumption of Guilt," 21 Sep. 2018 Imagine a neighbor idling a Harley—tolerable in a rural environment but unacceptable in a tight city lot. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Should You Buy a Standby Generator?," 11 Sep. 2018 One reason: Arizona summers are very hot, and an earlier sunset gives residents more time to enjoy tolerable temperatures before bed, as AZcentral explains. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Daylight saving time ends Sunday: 8 things to know about “falling back”," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of tolerable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tolerable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tolerable

: unpleasant but able to be accepted or tolerated

: good enough to be accepted but not very good

tolerable

adjective
tol·​er·​a·​ble | \ ˈtä-lə-rə-bəl \

Kids Definition of tolerable

1 : capable of being put up with I still have pain, but it's tolerable.
2 : fairly good tolerable weather

Other Words from tolerable

tolerably \ -​blē \ adverb

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