[bair-uh-buh l]


capable of being endured or tolerated; endurable.

Origin of bearable

First recorded in 1540–50; bear1 + -able
Related formsbear·a·ble·ness, nounbear·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of bearable

  • Just a gradual, bearable, steady impoverishment in a world where savings linked to the value of paper money languish.

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    Keeping Your Faith (In Gold)

    David Frum

    April 25, 2013

  • When the stages of life are followed in order: birth, aging, illness, and death—they are bearable.

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    Japanese Horror Director Tackles the 3/11 Tsunami

    Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky

    February 23, 2013

  • In retrospect, my wife—journalist, mother, yoga phenom—clearly had a somewhat extreme interpretation of bearable.

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    My Accidental Home Birth

    Jim Sciutto

    November 30, 2010

Historical Examples of bearable

British Dictionary definitions for bearable



endurable; tolerable
Derived Formsbearably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bearable

"endurable," mid-15c., from bear (v.) + -able. Related: Bearably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper