[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 unsupportable

Contemporary Examples of unsupportable

Historical Examples of unsupportable

  • And you have said that without enthusiasms life would be unsupportable.

    Painted Veils

    James Huneker

  • His eyes betrayed an unsupportable sense of loss and the spirit that repudiated it.

  • To think that the American republic is to be a great power is unsupportable.

    Dealings With The Dead

    A Sexton of the Old School

  • He was glad—a show of affection would have been unsupportable.


    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • The affectation of no affectation is the most unsupportable of all.

British Dictionary definitions for unsupportable



not able to be supported
not able to be defendedunsupportable actions



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