tolerable

adjective
tol·​er·​a·​ble | \ ˈtä-lə-rə-bəl How to pronounce tolerable (audio) , 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 How to pronounce tolerability (audio) , ˌtäl-​rə-​ \ noun
tolerably \ ˈtä-​lə-​rə-​blē How to pronounce tolerably (audio) , 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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The pain of 5% tariffs set to begin Monday would be tolerable. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "With Texas already teetering in 2020, could Trump's Mexico tariffs cost GOP the White House?," 7 June 2019 When flying commercial, Patricia uses her memberships with CLEAR and TSA PreCheck to make hectic commercial terminals slightly more tolerable—and expedite the process. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019 This matters, because anxiety disorders affect nearly a fifth of all adults in the United States, and a lot of the drugs used to treat them come with side effects, sometimes less tolerable than the anxiety itself. Joanna Klein, The Seattle Times, "Lavender’s soothing scent could be more than just folk medicine," 26 Oct. 2018 The fact that capitalism also creates a steady stream of opportunities does not, by itself, make the risk of losing tolerable. Will Wilkinson, Vox, "“Socialism” vs. “capitalism” is a false dichotomy," 16 Aug. 2018 With that in mind, The Verge staff has assembled a list of streaming films and TV shows that have created enthusiasm in our personal family viewing — or at least a tolerable detente. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The Verge’s guide to tolerable family streaming entertainment," 21 Nov. 2018 More pinches and pricks, slightly unnerving but very tolerable. Scott Tinley, SI.com, "A firsthand experience with stem cell treatment in pitching arm," 3 Aug. 2011 As with the IdeaPad S340, panels run a bit on the dim side, from 220 nits to a tolerable 250 nits. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Lenovo's latest IdeaPads offer Intel, AMD, and an Nvidia mystery," 24 Feb. 2019 Coincident with all this automation is the erosion of government benefits that might make the precariousness of some of these positions more tolerable. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "This Thriving City—and Many Others—Could Soon Be Disrupted by Robots," 9 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce tolerable (audio) \

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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