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 tolerable (audio) , ˌtäl-​rə-​ \ noun
tolerably \ ˈtä-​lə-​rə-​blē How to pronounce tolerable (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
Recent Examples on the Web That might be tolerable if the drug actually worked. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 14 June 2021 What To Watch For Amgen must now complete a post-approval study ordered by FDA to determine if a lower dosage of the drug could be effective in patients, as cancer drug trials are usually developed at the highest tolerable dose, CNBC noted. Palash Ghosh, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Cancer drugs are typically developed at the highest tolerable dose, but some oncologists have urged the FDA to do more to require drugmakers to optimize dosing. NBC News, 28 May 2021 Since the average 6-month-old eats 4 ounces of vegetables a day, that would be 2.7 micrograms of lead a day – almost the maximum tolerable daily dose. C. Michael White, The Conversation, 22 Feb. 2021 As a result, some scientists say, upticks in new infections are tolerable so long as the vast majority do not lead to serious illness or death. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 As a result, some scientists say, upticks in new infections are tolerable so long as the vast majority do not lead to serious illness or death. New York Times, 5 June 2021 The activity was tolerable at first, residents said. Mark Maremont, WSJ, 7 May 2021 Making those long viewing sessions more tolerable for your eyes, the ieGeek 11.5″ Portable DVD Player was made for the long haul. Chris Hachey, BGR, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of tolerable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tolerable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tolerable. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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

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tolerably \ -​blē \ adverb

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