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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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Examples from the web for unbearable
  • For the millions of people who suffer from phobias, the ordinary can become unbearable.
  • Confidentiality in some of those cases was nearly an unbearable burden.
  • With little ventilation in the room, the onslaught is nearly unbearable if you aren't used to it.
  • They have suffered under a duplex burden of heat and humidity which has seemed almost unbearable.
  • My inclination, though, is to let him go before life becomes unbearable for him.
  • Throughout the ages, people have argued that killing yourself is a logical thing to do when faced with unbearable suffering.
  • She communicates the pain with an almost unbearable air of truth.
  • These are the academic bullies and sociopaths who make others' lives unbearable.
  • The anxiety that this dizziness is causing is unbearable.
  • She had severe pain in her lower left side, and an unbearable headache.
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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