KJV Dictionary Definition: tolerable


TOL'ERABLE, a. L. tolerabilis. See Tolerate.

1. That may be borne or endured; supportable, either physically or mentally. The cold in Canada is severe, but tolerable. The insults and indignities of our enemies are not tolerable.

It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city. Matt. 10.

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; as a tolerable translation; a tolerable entertainment; a tolerable administration.


TOL'ERABLENESS, n. The state of being tolerable.


TOL'ERABLY, adv. Supportably; in a manner to be endured.

1. Moderately well; passably; not perfectly; as a constitution tolerably firm. The advocate speaks tolerably well.


TOL'ERANCE, n. L. tolerantia, from tolero, to bear. The power or capacity of enduring; or the act of enduring.

Diogenes one frosty morning came to the market place shaking, to show his tolerance.

Little used. But intolerance is in common use.


TOL'ERANT, a. Enduring; indulgent; favoring toleration.


TOL'ERATE, v.t. L. tolero, from tollo, to lift. To suffer to be or to be done without prohibition or hinderance; to allow or permit negatively, by not preventing; not to restrain; as, to tolerate opinions or practices. The protestant religion is tolerated in France, and the Roman Catholic in Great Britain.

Crying should not be tolerated in children.

The law of love tolerates no vice, and patronizes every virtue.


TOL'ERATED, pp. Suffered; allowed; not prohibited or restrained.


TOL'ERATING, ppr. Enduring; suffering to be or to be done; allowing; not restraining.


TOLERA'TION, n. L. toleratio. The act of tolerating; the allowance of that which is not wholly approved; appropriately, the allowance of religious opinions and modes of worship in a state, when contrary to or different from those of the established church or belief. Toleration implies a right in the sovereign to control men in their opinions and worship, or it implies the actual exercise of power in such control. Where no power exists or none is assumed to establish a creed and a mode of worship, there can be no toleration, in the strict sense of the word, for one religious denomination has as good a right as another to the free enjoyment of its creed and worship.