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 historic Haight-Ashbury site also had quirks that were tolerable in the past but began posing challenges more recently. Catherine Ho,, "End of an era in Haight-Ashbury: Original free clinic closes its doors," 3 Aug. 2019 Humidity levels also are expected to be tolerable as monsoonal moisture stays east of San Diego County. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Weekend heat wave to send temperatures above 100 across inland San Diego County," 2 Aug. 2019 Whether your stuck on the tarmac or trapped at cruising altitude, these items will make your next journey more tolerable. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Gear You'll Need to Travel Like a Pro," 25 July 2019 Echoing many in the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Lord Bew argues that Mrs May’s Brexit deal itself is more of a threat to the peace process, and that smart border controls would be tolerable. The Economist, "The search for ways to keep the Irish border open after Brexit," 29 June 2019 Users can input factors such as the desirable peak-alertness periods within a sleep schedule, the minimum desirable level of alertness, and their maximum tolerable daily caffeine intake, the researchers said. Martin Finucane,, "This new website tells you exactly when to drink coffee if you want to stay sharp," 10 June 2019 According to the National Institutes of Health, the tolerable upper intake level of calcium for pregnant people 19 and over is 2,500 milligrams per day. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ways to Feel Better in Your First Trimester From People Who Have Been There," 31 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of tolerable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tolerable

: unpleasant but able to be accepted or tolerated
: good enough to be accepted but not very good


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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