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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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 There appears to be more airspace in every direction, making the experience more than tolerable for long periods of time. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "Cargo Showdown: Which Crossover SUV Is Best for Hauling Your Stuff?," 4 Aug. 2018 American Airlines' basic economy just got better marginally more tolerable. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "American Airlines to Let Basic Economy Passengers Bring a Free Carry-On," 26 July 2018 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

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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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