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[suh-pawr-tuh-buh l, -pohr-]
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  1. capable of being supported; endurable; maintainable.
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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
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  • 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


  1. not able to be supported
  2. not able to be defendedunsupportable actions
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  1. able to be supported or endured; bearable
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Derived Formssupportability or supportableness, nounsupportably, adverb
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