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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 of endurable
1600-1610
First recorded in 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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  • Religion would be better than endurable in the company of such an embodiment of it!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Will eternity ever be bliss, ever be endurable to poor King Hamlet?

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • And yet, were you to live at the price at which life is offered you, would your life be endurable?

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • It is a sorry part, that of suppliant, but so long as it is for another it is endurable.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • If imprisonment could ever be endurable with resignation, mine ought to have been so.

  • May I ask how he managed to make himself so endurable to you?

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • What he could not remedy he resolved to make as endurable as possible.

  • Norfolk is just endurable in October, when game and 'longshore herrings are in.

    Dross

    Henry Seton Merriman
  • We are wont to say, Margaret, that everything is endurable but a sense of guilt.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Old men can be very much in love, but they know it is no good—that makes them endurable.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
Word Origin and History for endurable
adj.

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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