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[en-doo r-uh-buh l, -dyoo r-] /ɛnˈdʊər ə bəl, -ˈdyʊər-/
capable of being endured; bearable; tolerable.
Origin of endurable
1600-10; endure + -able
Related forms
endurability, endurableness, noun
endurably, adverb
nonendurable, adjective
unendurability, adjective
unendurable, adjective
unendurableness, noun
unendurably, adverb Unabridged
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  • To part is very bad, but to keep continually parting is unendurable.

    Records of Later Life Frances Ann Kemble
  • What an unendurable thing to be afraid and ashamed of one's own father!

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • The night would have been unendurable if she could not have imagined Mr. Brumley of that quality.

    The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • Probably the confinement of the school-room was to him unendurable.

    Daniel Boone John S. C. Abbott
  • It seems to me that I am in his house; and the thought is unendurable.

    The Honor of the Name Emile Gaboriau
  • The heaving bosom could bear silence no longer; the insult was unendurable.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • The mere sound of a human voice had become an unendurable thing.

    The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason
  • Life will be unendurable with an Irish Parliament returned by priests.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • The summer was passed in New York, and luckily, except for periodic waves of tropical heat, the weather was not unendurable.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for unendurable


not able to be undergone or tolerated; insufferable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unendurable

1620s, from un- (1) "not" + endurable. Related: Unendurably.



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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