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intolerable

[ in-tol-er-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈtɒl ər ə bəl /
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adjective
not tolerable; unendurable; insufferable: intolerable pain.
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Origin of intolerable

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word intolerābilis.See in-3, tolerable

OTHER WORDS FROM intolerable

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intolerable

intolerable , intolerant
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How to use intolerable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for intolerable

intolerable
/ (ɪnˈtɒlərəbəl) /

adjective
more than can be tolerated or endured; insufferable
informal extremely irritating or annoying

Derived forms of intolerable

intolerability or intolerableness, nounintolerably, adverb
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