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Definitions for tolerable
ˈtɒl ər ə bəltol·er·a·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tolerableadjective

    capable of being borne or endured

    "the climate is at least tolerable"

  2. adequate, passable, fair to middling, tolerableadjective

    about average; acceptable

    "more than adequate as a secretary"


  1. tolerableadverb

    tolerably; passably; moderately.

  2. tolerableadjective

    Capable of being borne, tolerated or endured; bearable or endurable.

  3. tolerableadjective

    Moderate in degree; mediocre; passable, acceptable or so-so.

  4. tolerableadjective

    Such as to be tolerated or countenanced; permissible; allowable.

  5. tolerableadjective

    In fair health; passably well.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tolerableadjective

    capable of being borne or endured; supportable, either physically or mentally

  2. Tolerableadjective

    moderately good or agreeable; not contemptible; not very excellent or pleasing, but such as can be borne or received without disgust, resentment, or opposition; passable; as, a tolerable administration; a tolerable entertainment; a tolerable translation

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tolerable

    tol′ėr-a-bl, adj. that may be tolerated or endured: moderately good or agreeable: not contemptible.—ns. Tolerabil′ity, Tol′erableness.—adv. Tol′erably.—n. Tol′erance, the tolerating or enduring of offensive persons or opinions, charity, patience, indulgence.—adj. Tol′erant, tolerating: enduring: indulgent: favouring toleration.—adv. Tol′erantly.—v.t. Tol′erāte, to bear: to endure: to allow by not hindering.—ns. Tolerā′tion, act of tolerating: allowance of what is not approved: liberty given to a minority to hold and express their own political or religious opinions, and to be admitted to the same civil privileges as the majority; Tolerā′tionist; Tol′erator. [L. tolerāre, -ātum, from tollĕre, to lift up.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tolerable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tolerable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of tolerable in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Griffin:

    This is a slightly expanded approach to social distancing that is tolerable and may be what saves us, we need to prevent the virus from erupting with the ferocity that it did in March.

  2. Doris Lessing:

    The worst superstition is to consider our own tolerable.

  3. Socrates:

    Science says 'We must live,' and seeks the means of prolonging, increasing, facilitating and amplifying life, of making it tolerable and acceptable, wisdom says 'We must die,' and seeks how to make us die well.

  4. M. I. Abramowitz:

    Just because the solutions of problems are not visible at any particular time does not mean that those problems will never be alleviated -- or confined to tolerable dimensions. History has a way of changing the very terms in which problems operate and of leaving them, in the end, unsolved, to be sure, yet strangely deflated of their original meaning and importance.

  5. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice:

    Excuse me, for I must speak plainly. If you, my dear father, will not take the trouble of checking her exuberant spirits, and of teaching her that her present pursuits are not to be the business of her life, she will soon be beyond the reach of amendment. Her character will be fixed, and she will, at sixteen, be the most determined flirt that ever made herself or her family ridiculous; a flirt, too, in the worst and meanest degree of flirtation; without any attraction beyond youth and a tolerable person; and, from the ignorance

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