Definition of tolerable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɒlərəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːlərəbl//
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  1. 1fairly good, but not of the best quality synonym reasonable a tolerable degree of success
  2. 2that you can accept or bear, although unpleasant or painful synonym bearable At times, the heat was barely tolerable. The doctors manage to keep the pain at a tolerable level. opposite intolerable
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin tolerabilis, from tolerare.Extra examples In August the heat is barely tolerable. She inspected the rooms and found them perfectly tolerable. This wine is really quite tolerable considering it cost only $4 a bottle. It’ll take a lot more money to bring the housing stock up to a tolerable level. They manage to provide a tolerable service. We had a tolerable degree of success in recruiting good staff.
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