• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tolerable about average; acceptable "more than adequate as a secretary"
    • adj tolerable capable of being borne or endured "the climate is at least tolerable"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Five thousandths of a millimeter is the tolerance of accuracy at the LEGO mould factories
    • Tolerable Capable of being borne or endured; supportable, either physically or mentally. "As may affect the earth with cold and heat
      Scarce tolerable ."
    • Tolerable 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Female and male black bears cannot tolerate being around each other except when they breed
    • tolerable That may be borne or endured; supportable, either physically or mentally.
    • tolerable Fit to be tolerated; sufferable.
    • tolerable Moderately good or agreeable; not contemptible; not very excellent or pleasing, but such as can be borne or received without positive approval or disapproval; passable; mediocre.
    • tolerable In fair health; passably well.
    • tolerable Synonyms and
    • tolerable Endurable, bearable.
    • tolerable Indifferent, ordinary, so-so.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1850, Michigan's state constitution included the following line: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime, shall ever be tolerated in this state." This inadvertently legalized slavery as an appropriate punishment for crime. It wasn't until 1963 that the grammar was fixed to outlaw slavery. The change required shifting the comma following "servitude" to the position after "slavery."
    • adj Tolerable tol′ėr-a-bl that may be tolerated or endured: moderately good or agreeable: not contemptible
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  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.”
  • J. Yahl
    J. Yahl
    “Perfection is our goal, excellence will be tolerated.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “Toleration is the best religion.”
  • Reggie Jackson
    Reggie Jackson
    “I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.”
  • Doris Lessing
    “The worst superstition is to consider our own tolerable.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.”


Zero tolerance - If the police have a zero tolerance policy, they will not overlook any crime, no matter how small or trivial.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tolerabilis,: cf. F. tolérable,. See Tolerate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tolerāre, -ātum, from tollĕre, to lift up.


In literature:

And what consideration for the individual is tolerable unless society be the gainer thereby?
"Selections from Previous Worksand Remarks on Romanes' Mental Evolution in Animals" by Samuel Butler
That this tolerance was not due to indifference the religious history of Scotland abundantly proves.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
All I wish for is tolerance, which I myself endeavour to practise.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
Who sets him, or anybody else, up on high to look down with "toleration" on other people?
"The Arena" by Various
One knows very well that, in reducing ideals to practice, great latitude of tolerance is needful; very great.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
Toleration is a good thing in its place; but you cannot tolerate what will not tolerate you, and is trying to cut your throat.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
The towns-people have been formed into a militia, tolerably armed and trained.
"Journal of a Voyage to Brazil" by Maria Graham
In about three-quarters of an hour I had succeeded tolerably well, and had produced a linch-pin which I thought would serve.
"The Romany Rye a sequel to "Lavengro"" by George Borrow
Her face expressed a tolerant patience with the crude ideas entertained by her brother.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
They were all very well, and in tolerable spirits, only somewhat anxious about us.
"In New Granada" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Thus bright forever may she keep
Her fires of tolerant Freedom burning,
Till War's red eyes are charmed to sleep
And bells ring home the boys returning.
"Centennial" by John Hay
Firm to the Church by which his fathers stood,
But tolerant to every form of creed,
He longs for universal brotherhood,
And is a Christian gentleman indeed.
"William Bede Dalley" by Henry Kendall
How patiently — with how divine a strength
Of tolerance you must have watched the frays
Of fighting churches — warring through the length
Of your bright, beautiful, unruffled days!
"John Bede Polding" by Henry Kendall
They would not blame the sins his passion wrought.
No, they were tolerant and Christian, saying, 'We
Only deplore ...' saying they only sought
To help him, strengthen him, to show him love; but he
"Bitterness" by Victoria Sackville-West
Ah, had she loaded me, perchance,
With wild reproach or even hate,
Such would have helped a hope to wait
Forgiveness and returned romance;
But 'twixt our souls, instead, a gate
She closed of silent tolerance.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein
Oh some that’s good and godly ones they hold that it’s a sin
To troll the jolly bowl around, and let the dollars spin;
But I’m for toleration and for drinking at an inn,
Says the old bold mate of Henry Morgan.
"Captain Stratton’s Fancy" by John Masefield

In news:

(CBS News) Hong Kong is a special place in China, more tolerant and western-looking in its attitudes - up to a point, apparently.
Are French Women More Tolerant.
Capable of tolerating the harsh environments of the medical industry, Master Bond EP42HT-2ND2MED (Black) fully complies with the testing requirements of USP Class VI plastics.
It's part of the game that is usually tolerated, except for in golf.
Hijab -wearing mayor wins 'tolerance' in Bosnia.
To say that approving this development will not cause more traffic, where more cannot be tolerated, is just not true.
Brazilian officials have said they will no longer tolerate hooliganism at soccer matches and are clamping down on fan violence as the World Cup draws nearer.
No horsing around tolerated at school.
What the Middle East Can Learn From the Bronx About Religious Tolerance.
Rick Perry's inadvertent tribute to tolerance.
Doctors should focus on patients' individual needs, preferences and tolerances as well as age and disease progression, say the new guidelines, developed by the ADA and the European Assn.
Could what you eat as a child determine your tolerance for salt as an adult.
As California's top lawyer, Jerry Brown tolerated a federal anti-immigration witch hunt.
Benefits include faster return to normal growth rate following stress and greater tolerance to drought.
Issues of rank and precedence require tolerance of error.

In science:

In this paper, we can not tolerate the loss of a factor of n since we are proving a complexity estimate that is polylogarithmic rather than polynomial in n.
Beyond Hirsch Conjecture: walks on random polytopes and smoothed complexity of the simplex method
The tolerance on these quantities is 0.1 mm in all dimensions.
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
The supercells were fully relaxed in the Harris functional framework (until a maximun force tolerance of 0.1 eV/˚A is reached).
The interface between a polar perovskite oxide and silicon from monoatomic lines
Motivated by such a delay-tolerant network, we consider onedimensional mobility model where n nodes move horizontally and the other n node move vertically.
Optimal Delay-Throughput Trade-offs in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks: Hybrid Random Walk and One-Dimensional Mobility Models
This would imply that they should not tolerate distances of ε in each issue but only in the sum of all distances.
Fostering Consensus in Multidimensional Continuous Opinion Dynamics under Bounded Confidence