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tolerable (ˈtɒlərəbəl Pronunciation for tolerable



  1. able to be tolerated; endurable
  2. permissible
  3. (informal) fairly good

Derived Forms

ˈtolerableness, ˌtoleraˈbility noun
ˈtolerably adverb


View thesaurus entry
= bearable, acceptable, allowable, supportable, endurable, sufferable,
= fair, O.K. or okay, middling, average, all right, ordinary, acceptable, reasonable, good enough, adequate, indifferent, not bad, mediocre, so-so, run-of-the-mill, passable, unexceptional, fairly good, fair to middling,

Translations for 'tolerable'

  • British English: tolerable If you describe something as tolerable, you mean that you can bear it, even though it is unpleasant or painful. ADJECTIVEOur living conditions are tolerable, but I can't wait to leave.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: tolerável
  • Chinese: 可忍受的
  • European Spanish: soportable
  • French: tolérable
  • German: erträglich
  • Italian: tollerabile
  • Japanese: 耐えられる
  • Korean: 견딜 만한
  • Portuguese: tolerável
  • Spanish: tolerable

Example Sentences Including 'tolerable'

A high fruit level allows the unusually high acidity and high alcohol to be tolerable.
Misc (1995)
At times, Fahy endured a barely tolerable relationship with the county board.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
But I had no hesitation in resuming the habits of adolescence in order to maintain a tolerable degree of tranquillity.
Howatch, Susan Ultimate Prizes
For the armchair observer, such coincidences, and even the loss of life involved, are tolerable.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
In fact I challenge you to find one who is barely tolerable.
The Australian (2004)
The degree of subjectivity is also within tolerable limits.
Business Today (1996)
The remembered noises of his struggle for breath, his gasps of pain, were tolerable.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
The truths of politics provide the ingredients of real and tolerable political systems.
Low, Nicholas Politics, Planning and the State
`You mean there'll be a tolerable level of incompetence?
Davis, John Gordon Seize the Reckless Wind


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