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Origin of tolerable

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin tolerābilis, equivalent to tolerā(re) to endure + -bilis -ble
Related formstol·er·a·ble·ness, tol·er·a·bil·i·ty, nountol·er·a·bly, adverbnon·tol·er·a·ble, adjectivenon·tol·er·a·ble·ness, nounnon·tol·er·a·bly, adverbun·tol·er·a·ble, adjectiveun·tol·er·a·ble·ness, nounun·tol·er·a·bly, adverb

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  • "Mr. Langdon has a tolerable idea of what I think," answered Porter.


    W. A. Fraser

  • And as when soldiers are numerous, there will be not a few who are only tolerable, if even that, so of critics.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • Pray, have they tolerable accommodations at the inn in this village?

  • And how, my dear, can one report it with any tolerable advantage to you?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Yet once established in the trenches, life was tolerable enough.

British Dictionary definitions for tolerable


  1. able to be tolerated; endurable
  2. permissible
  3. informal fairly good
Derived Formstolerableness or tolerability, nountolerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for 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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