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tolerable Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective capable of being borne or endured
    • the climate is at least tolerable
  2. adjective satellite about average; acceptable
    adequate; passable; fair to middling.
    • more than adequate as a secretary
WordNet

Tol"er*a*ble adjective
Etymology
L. tolerabilis: cf. F. tolérable. See Tolerate.
Definitions
  1. Capable of being borne or endured; supportable, either physically or mentally.
    As may affect tionearth with cold and heat Scarce tolerable. Milton.
  2. Moderately good or agreeable; not contemptible; not very excellent or pleasing, but such as can be borne or received without disgust, resentment, or opposition; passable; as, a tolerable administration; a tolerable entertainment; a tolerable translation. Dryden. -- Tol"er*a*ble*ness, n. -- Tol"er*a*bly, adv.

Webster 1913