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[uhn-bair-uh-buh l] /ʌnˈbɛər ə bəl/
not bearable; unendurable; intolerable.
Origin of unbearable
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at un-1, bearable
Related forms
unbearableness, noun
unbearably, adverb Unabridged
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  • The air was heavy with scented pastilles, otherwise the human reek must have been unbearable.

    Through the Land of the Serb Mary Edith Durham
  • But the next day it was Pork, and the day after Pig, and that was unbearable.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • Despite Lounsbury's prophecy, the temperature was not unbearable.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • “You would have been unbearable if you had been of a jealous disposition,” she said, nodding.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • Digby,” exclaimed Trevannion, angrily, “this foolery is unbearable.

    Louis' School Days E. J. May
British Dictionary definitions for unbearable


not able to be borne or endured
Derived Forms
unbearableness, noun
unbearably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unbearable

mid-15c., from un- (1) "not" + bearable. Related: Unbearably.

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