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endurable

[en-doo r-uh-buh l, -dyoo r-] /ɛnˈdʊər ə bəl, -ˈdyʊər-/
adjective
1.
capable of being endured; bearable; tolerable.
Origin of endurable
1600-1610
1600-10; endure + -able
Related forms
endurability, endurableness, noun
endurably, adverb
nonendurable, adjective
unendurability, adjective
unendurable, adjective
unendurableness, noun
unendurably, adverb
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  • She had touched the limits of the endurable; her sordid little hopes had split into fragments.

  • Religion would be better than endurable in the company of such an embodiment of it!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • They erected useful, appropriate, and endurable monuments which are still crowning ornaments to the town of Caen.

    Normandy Picturesque Henry Blackburn
  • Will eternity ever be bliss, ever be endurable to poor King Hamlet?

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • Then Perry Thomas blundered in, and compared to him, old Luther and his learned brother were endurable.

  • And yet, were you to live at the price at which life is offered you, would your life be endurable?

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • For a time this position was endurable, though a deterioration in comparison with their former one.

  • So far the situation was endurable, but it could not continue indefinitely.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • Of course I'm pretty now—I'm pretty still—and a pretty woman, whatever else she may be, is always—well, endurable.

    The Second Mrs. Tanqueray Sir Arthur Wing Pinero
  • “Then we must try and make London endurable for you,” he remarked cheerfully.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
Word Origin and History for endurable
adj.

c.1600, "able to endure," from endure + -able. Meaning "able to be endured" is from c.1800. Related: Endurably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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