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tolerable

[tol-er-uh-buh l] /ˈtɒl ər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being tolerated; endurable:
His arrogance is no longer tolerable.
2.
fairly good; not bad.
3.
Informal. in fair health.
Origin of tolerable
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin tolerābilis, equivalent to tolerā(re) to endure + -bilis -ble
Related forms
tolerableness, tolerability, noun
tolerably, adverb
nontolerable, adjective
nontolerableness, noun
nontolerably, adverb
untolerable, adjective
untolerableness, noun
untolerably, adverb
Synonyms
1. bearable, supportable. 2. passable, middling, indifferent, so-so.
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  • There seems to be a tolerable landing-place on the north-west side of Gardner's Island.

    Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora Edward Edwards
  • "Mr. Langdon has a tolerable idea of what I think," answered Porter.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Instead of which he arrived at a tolerable average by virtue of the variety of his failures.

  • And as when soldiers are numerous, there will be not a few who are only tolerable, if even that, so of critics.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • This was our usual style of encampment, and it afforded a tolerable protection against wild animals.

    Saved from the Sea W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for tolerable

tolerable

/ˈtɒlərəbəl/
adjective
1.
able to be tolerated; endurable
2.
permissible
3.
(informal) fairly good
Derived Forms
tolerableness, tolerability, noun
tolerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tolerable
adj.

early 15c., "bearable," from Middle French tolerable (14c.), from Latin tolerabilis "that may be endured," from tolerare "to tolerate" (see toleration). Meaning "moderate, middling, not bad" is recorded from 1540s. Related: Tolerably.

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