tolerable

[tol-er-uh-buhl]

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

adjective

able to be tolerated; endurable
permissible
informal fairly good
Derived Formstolerableness or tolerability, nountolerably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for tolerable

tolerable

adj.

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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