tolerable

adjective tol·er·a·ble \ ˈtä-lə-rə-bəl , ˈtäl-rə- ; ˈtä-lər-bəl \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of tolerable

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

tolerability

play \ˌtä-lə-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌtäl-rə-\ noun

tolerably

play \ˈtä-lə-rə-blē, ˈtäl-rə-; ˈtä-lər-blē\ adverb

Examples of tolerable in a Sentence

  1. The heat was tolerable for only a short time.

  2. stubbing your toe is at least a more tolerable pain than breaking your foot

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First Known Use of tolerable

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tolerable Synonyms

Phrases

up to snuff;


TOLERABLE Defined for English Language Learners

tolerable

Definition of tolerable for English Language Learners

  • : unpleasant but able to be accepted or tolerated

  • : good enough to be accepted but not very good


TOLERABLE Defined for Kids

tolerable

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

Definition of tolerable for Students

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

tolerably

\-blē\ adverb


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