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endurable

[en-doo r-uh-buh l, -dyoo r-] /ɛnˈdʊər ə bəl, -ˈdyʊər-/
adjective
1.
capable of being endured; bearable; tolerable.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; endure + -able
Related forms
endurability, endurableness, noun
endurably, adverb
nonendurable, adjective
unendurability, adjective
unendurable, adjective
unendurableness, noun
unendurably, adverb
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Examples from the web for unendurable
  • Pollution is reaching unbearable, unendurable levels.
  • At times physical affliction can feel and in fact be unendurable.
  • But colleagues were grateful for his vivid wit, because without it his brilliance would have been unendurable.
  • The environment need not be unendurable or intolerable.
  • Interviewees described continuing to work despite nearly unendurable pain because they believed they had no alternatives.
  • What was once thought unendurable may become the norm.
  • For thousands of others it is literally unendurable, a pain so intense and relentless as to become incapacitating.
  • We were within hearing, and the cries and groans of the wounded were almost unendurable.
British Dictionary definitions for unendurable

unendurable

/ˌʌnɪnˈdjʊrəbəl/
adjective
1.
not able to be undergone or tolerated; insufferable
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Word Origin and History for unendurable
adj.

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

endurable

adj.

c.1600, "able to endure," from endure + -able. Meaning "able to be endured" is from c.1800. Related: Endurably.

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