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[bair-uh-buh l] /ˈbɛər ə bəl/
capable of being endured or tolerated; endurable.
Origin of bearable
1540-50; bear1 + -able
Related forms
bearableness, noun
bearably, adverb Unabridged
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  • They liked the affordable starter homes, the suburban hush and the bearable.
  • It's not fun at the best of times, but especially not when you have no money to make the stranding more bearable.
  • But being able to feel a bit better-off than someone else makes it a bit more bearable.
  • But it's the bond they share as social creatures, which makes the struggle a little more bearable.
  • Not remotely as profitable for the climate-industrial complex, but bearable for us those of us who don't stand to profit.
  • That, he claimed, made the four-hour train ride bearable.
  • Listening to the pretty, catchy tunes makes doing laps around the small levels more bearable.
  • Jokey humor and hide-saving irony are bearable in small doses, but they tended to overwhelm these dances.
  • It is fairly cold, as people have been pointing out, but definitely bearable.
  • And though the rows were fierce, they were far more bearable than being out of the spotlight and unseen by others.
British Dictionary definitions for bearable


endurable; tolerable
Derived Forms
bearably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bearable

"endurable," mid-15c., from bear (v.) + -able. Related: Bearably.

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