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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
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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  • He could sing tolerably well and was not afraid to do so before an audience.
  • The earlier examples of this manner are tolerably ponderous and simple.
British Dictionary definitions for tolerably

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 tolerably

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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