capable of being endured or tolerated; endurable.
Contemporary Examples

In retrospect, my wife—journalist, mother, yoga phenom—clearly had a somewhat extreme interpretation of bearable.
My Accidental Home Birth Jim Sciutto November 29, 2010

When the stages of life are followed in order: birth, aging, illness, and death—they are bearable.
Japanese Horror Director Tackles the 3/11 Tsunami Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky February 22, 2013

Just a gradual, bearable, steady impoverishment in a world where savings linked to the value of paper money languish.
Keeping Your Faith (In Gold) David Frum April 24, 2013

Historical Examples

It dispelled the visions—and it was bearable because it did that.
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins

The weather was pretty calm, and the cold without breeze was bearable.
The English at the North Pole Jules Verne

The one thing necessary, the one thing which would have made the calamity bearable, perhaps better than bearable, was wanting.
Quisant Anthony Hope

The temperature was just bearable, but the road was toilsome from its uneven character.
In Search of the Castaways Jules Verne

A child—a sick child especially—was a bearable adjunct to the picture.
The Doctor’s Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

If I had not a good heart, I should not be bearable any where.
Louis XIV., Makers of History Series John S. C. Abbott

When Earth government didn’t count the expense, life could be made considerably better than bearable almost anywhere.
Watch the Sky James H. Schmitz

endurable; tolerable

“endurable,” mid-15c., from bear (v.) + -able. Related: Bearably.


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