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[suh-pawr-tuh-buh l, -pohr-] /səˈpɔr tə bəl, -ˈpoʊr-/
capable of being supported; endurable; maintainable.
Origin of supportable
1525-35; support + -able
Related forms
supportability, noun
nonsupportability, noun
nonsupportable, adjective
nonsupportableness, noun
nonsupportably, adverb
unsupportable, adjective
unsupportableness, noun
unsupportably, adverb Unabridged
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  • He was glad—a show of affection would have been unsupportable.

    Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer
  • And you have said that without enthusiasms life would be unsupportable.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • The affectation of no affectation is the most unsupportable of all.

  • His eyes betrayed an unsupportable sense of loss and the spirit that repudiated it.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • And he wished while he was able to reason logically to make up his mind to end this unsupportable situation that night.

  • To think that the American republic is to be a great power is unsupportable.

    Dealings With The Dead A Sexton of the Old School
  • Her pride is unsupportable, her anger unquenchable, her will unsatiable, and her malice unmatchable.

British Dictionary definitions for unsupportable


not able to be supported
not able to be defended: unsupportable actions


able to be supported or endured; bearable
Derived Forms
supportability, supportableness, noun
supportably, adverb
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