[suh-pawr-tuh-buh l, -pohr-]


capable of being supported; endurable; maintainable.

Origin of supportable

First recorded in 1525–35; support + -able
Related formssup·port·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·sup·port·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·sup·port·a·ble, adjectivenon·sup·port·a·ble·ness, nounnon·sup·port·a·bly, adverbun·sup·port·a·ble, adjectiveun·sup·port·a·ble·ness, nounun·sup·port·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for supportable

Contemporary Examples of supportable

Historical Examples of supportable

  • If it be for what I apprehend it to be, life will not be supportable upon the terms.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The only thing which makes it supportable for a while is curiosity.


    Joseph Conrad

  • The historical form has at last found a poet to render it supportable.

    The Merry-Go-Round

    Carl Van Vechten

  • How then could seven or eight hundred years of life be supportable?

  • To her it is only the thought that her state of dependence is temporary that makes it supportable.

    Red as a Rose is She

    Rhoda Broughton

British Dictionary definitions for supportable



able to be supported or endured; bearable
Derived Formssupportability or supportableness, nounsupportably, adverb
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