- capable of being tolerated; endurable: His arrogance is no longer tolerable.
- fairly good; not bad.
- Informal. in fair health.
Origin of tolerable
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Examples from the Web for tolerable
All that would be tolerable if he were an arrogant jerk, or just plain dumb.Castro Street’s Hot Cop Is the Batman to Sexy Mug Shot Guy’s Joker
July 9, 2014
What is typically omitted from this story for the sake of a tolerable holiday celebration is a little historical context.Don't Let the Maccabees Win
December 4, 2013
Will Ferrell, in all his green-suited glory, and a tolerable Zooey Deschanel changed our lives ten years ago.Elf’s 10th Anniversary: I’m Still Obsessed With This Syrupy Movie
November 7, 2013
At a pitch I could be a tolerable road-sweeper or an inefficient gardener or even a tenth-rate farm hand.Thatcher's Economic Legacy
April 8, 2013
There are some tolerable offerings out there, but nothing much that moves the needle on the “ooh” meter.Apps for Kids Who Love to Read: Moonbot Studios, Touch Press, and More
December 24, 2011
"Mr. Langdon has a tolerable idea of what I think," answered Porter.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
And as when soldiers are numerous, there will be not a few who are only tolerable, if even that, so of critics.A Dish Of Orts
Pray, have they tolerable accommodations at the inn in this village?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
And how, my dear, can one report it with any tolerable advantage to you?Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Yet once established in the trenches, life was tolerable enough.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
- able to be tolerated; endurable
- informal fairly good
Word Origin and History for tolerable
early 15c., "bearable," from Middle French tolerable (14c.), from Latin tolerabilis "that may be endured," from tolerare "to tolerate" (see toleration). Meaning "moderate, middling, not bad" is recorded from 1540s. Related: Tolerably.