What does tolerable mean?

Definitions for tolerableˈtɒl ər ə bəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tolerable.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tolerable(adj)

    capable of being borne or endured

    "the climate is at least tolerable"

  2. adequate, passable, fair to middling, tolerable(adj)

    about average; acceptable

    "more than adequate as a secretary"


  1. tolerable(Adverb)

    tolerably; passably; moderately.

  2. tolerable(Adjective)

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

  3. tolerable(Adjective)

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

  4. tolerable(Adjective)

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

  5. tolerable(Adjective)

    In fair health; passably well.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tolerable(adj)

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

  2. Tolerable(adj)

    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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Miriam Grunstein:

    One incident is understandable and tolerable.

  2. George Bernard Shaw:

    Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.

  3. Publilius Syrus:

    It is more tolerable to be refused than deceived.

  4. Doris Lessing:

    The worst superstition is to consider our own tolerable.

  5. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel:

    Now we have a situation that is totally not tolerable for the flying public.

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