1. Capable of being tolerated; endurable: found the workload tolerable and so kept the job.
2. Acceptable but not superior; passable: "This encouraged me to think I might possibly in time come to be a tolerable English writer" (Benjamin Franklin). See Synonyms at average.
tol′er·a·bili·ty, toler·a·ble·ness n.
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