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[uhn-bair-uh-buh l] /ʌnˈbɛər ə bəl/
not bearable; unendurable; intolerable.
Origin of unbearable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see un-1, bearable
Related forms
unbearableness, noun
unbearably, adverb Unabridged
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  • The air was heavy with scented pastilles, otherwise the human reek must have been unbearable.

    Through the Land of the Serb Mary Edith Durham
  • Her little curls were flying; and oh, most unbearable of all!

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Despite Lounsbury's prophecy, the temperature was not unbearable.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • I spoke of this to our old family friend, Meydieu, who was so unbearable.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Digby,” exclaimed Trevannion, angrily, “this foolery is unbearable.

    Louis' School Days E. J. May
British Dictionary definitions for unbearable


not able to be borne or endured
Derived Forms
unbearableness, noun
unbearably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unbearable

mid-15c., from un- (1) "not" + bearable. Related: Unbearably.

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