- capable of being tolerated; endurable: His arrogance is no longer tolerable.
- fairly good; not bad.
- Informal. in fair health.
Origin of tolerable
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Examples from the Web for tolerably
The direction was west; then north-west, tolerably straight.
As soon as I was tolerably composed I returned to the parlour.Lady Susan
This arrangement left us tolerably free to do as we pleased, on board.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
And yet she was tolerably certain that he knew no more than she did what Was going to happen.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
When the blood of the party was tolerably warmed, Vivian addressed them.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- able to be tolerated; endurable
- informal fairly good
Word Origin and History for tolerably
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.