Definition of tolerable in English:

tolerable

Syllabification: tol·er·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈtäl(ə)rəb(ə)l
 
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adjective

1Able to be endured: a stimulant to make life more tolerable
More example sentences
  • I've spoken to the planning department, but they have said the difference is within a tolerable level, so they are not prepared to do anything about it.
  • Numbers have leapt to 30 times the level considered tolerable in some of the worst affected areas of the city.
  • This isn't a real solution, though, as it's not enough to get the infantry overstretch down to tolerable levels.
Synonyms
1.1Fairly good; mediocre: he was fond of music and had a tolerable voice
More example sentences
  • But then Nicole arrives looking simply delicious, and her voice is tolerable enough.
  • The voice acting is actually tolerable for the most part, unlike most other games.
  • She has an indefinable screen presence that makes even her poorest scenes tolerable.
Synonyms
fairly good, passable, adequate, all right, acceptable, satisfactory, not (too) bad, average, fair; mediocre, middling, ordinary, indifferent, unremarkable, unexceptional
informal OK, so-so, 'comme ci, comme ça', nothing to write home about, no great shakes

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin tolerabilis, from tolerare (see tolerate).

Derivatives

tolerability

Pronunciation: /ˌtäl(ə)rəˈbilitē/
noun
More example sentences
  • Duration of treatment varied from six weeks to 10 years; shorter trials assessed symptomatic control and tolerability, and longer trials assessed disease progression and mortality.
  • Overall tolerability was similar between the two classes of drugs, but atypical agents caused fewer extrapyramidal side effects.
  • This will reduce ‘trial and error’ prescribing and improve the efficacy and tolerability of medicines.

tolerably

adverb
[as submodifier]: the welfare state works tolerably well
More example sentences
  • It is, in fact, a relatively secular, tolerably cosmopolitan place - and it is rich.
  • Even landless labourers could manage tolerably well within this system.
  • He seems tolerably well qualified to be writing about this sort of thing.

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