[en-doo r-uh-buh l, -dyoo r-]


capable of being endured; bearable; tolerable.

Origin of endurable

First recorded in 1600–10; endure + -able
Related formsen·dur·a·bil·i·ty, en·dur·a·ble·ness, nounen·dur·a·bly, adverbnon·en·dur·a·ble, adjectiveun·en·dur·a·bil·i·ty, adjectiveun·en·dur·a·ble, adjectiveun·en·dur·a·ble·ness, nounun·en·dur·a·bly, adverb
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Related Words for endurable

bearable, livable, supportable, sufferable, sustainable

Examples from the Web for endurable

Historical Examples of endurable

  • 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.

  • If imprisonment could ever be endurable with resignation, mine ought to have been so.

Word Origin and History for endurable

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