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tolerable

[ tol-er-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈtɒl ər ə bəl /
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adjective

capable of being tolerated; endurable: His arrogance is no longer tolerable.
fairly good; not bad.
Informal. in fair health.

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Origin of tolerable

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin tolerābilis, equivalent to tolerā(re) to endure + -bilis-ble

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British Dictionary definitions for tolerable

tolerable
/ (ˈtɒlərəbəl) /

adjective

able to be tolerated; endurable
permissible
informal fairly good

Derived forms of tolerable

tolerableness or tolerability, nountolerably, adverb
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