Definition of tolerable in English:



  • 1Able to be endured.

    ‘a stimulant to make life more tolerable’
    • ‘The pain keeps hitting me in waves, ranging from barely tolerable to excruciating.’
    • ‘Using local anesthesia reduces the patient's trauma to a tolerable level.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Find activities that get your heart rate up but are enjoyable - or at least tolerable.’
    • ‘The muffs have excellent noise attenuation in that they will bring the decibels down to a tolerable level.’
    • ‘To be fair, she's been quite tolerable since things calmed down.’
    • ‘He or she can also explain options for managing side effects to make treatment more tolerable.’
    • ‘This isn't a real solution, though, as it's not enough to get the infantry overstretch down to tolerable levels.’
    • ‘Numbers have leapt to 30 times the level considered tolerable in some of the worst affected areas of the city.’
    • ‘After a few whistles and catcalls, the hubbub quiets to a tolerable level.’
    • ‘His world had tilted off its axis, but her presence made it more tolerable.’
    • ‘An individual pet is usually more manageable and tolerable for most households.’
    • ‘The dive is prolonged because the carbon dioxide level remains tolerable for longer, but towards the end the oxygen has diminished significantly.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the picture itself is sharp enough that these imperfections are at least tolerable.’
    • ‘The company encourages a little levity to make crammed flights slightly more tolerable.’
    • ‘This is generally agreed to be a tolerable noise level above which continuous noise could well cause annoyance.’
    • ‘This is tolerable as long as the level of that tax is comparatively low.’
    • ‘And I can be almost tolerable, if you take me in small doses.’
    • ‘Compared to this bounty, all material gains appear so small and all suffering appears to be easily tolerable.’
    • ‘Yet, in spite of the odds, many people are able to make marriage at least tolerable for many decades.’
    bearable, endurable, sufferable, supportable, brookable
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    1. 1.1Fairly good; mediocre.
      ‘he was fond of music and had a tolerable voice’
      • ‘But then Nicole arrives looking simply delicious, and her voice is tolerable enough.’
      • ‘Generally this is a tolerable CD, not something that I would personally buy or encourage my friends to go out and buy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Up to this point, she has carried the movie on a relatively tolerable level of interest, having gained some sympathy from the viewer.’
      fairly good, passable, adequate, all right, acceptable, good enough, sufficiently good, sufficient, satisfactory, moderately good, not bad, not too bad, average, fair, decent, respectable, presentable
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin tolerabilis, from tolerare (see tolerate).