- capable of being tolerated; endurable: His arrogance is no longer tolerable.
- fairly good; not bad.
- Informal. in fair health.
Origin of tolerable
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin tolerābilis, equivalent to tolerā(re) to endure + -bilis -ble
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1. bearable, supportable. 2. passable, middling, indifferent, so-so.
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- able to be tolerated; endurable
- informal fairly good
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Word Origin and History for non-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.
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