Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Possible to suffer, endure, or permit; tolerable: sufferable punishment; sufferable difficulties.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to suffer or endure; patient.
  • adj. That may be suffered; capable of being tolerated, endured or permitted; allowable; tolerable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Able to suffer or endure; patient.
  • adj. That may be suffered, tolerated, or permitted; allowable; tolerable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being suffered, endured, tolerated, or permitted; allowable.
  • Capable of suffering or enduring with patience; tolerant; patient.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of being borne though unpleasant

Etymologies

suffer +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But if the machines are sufferable, that is, if they have so much as divine probability, then it follows of necessity, that the doctrine of the church is false; so that I leave it to every impartial clergyman to consider. '

    The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland

  • Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

    The Declaration of Independence

  • Was technology available to maintain a sufferable climate?

    Alternative to Dembski's Theodicy?

  • But, “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Stamp Act

  • Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

    Learning

  • It won a Stoker Award, so it's gotta be at least sufferable, right?

    Chasing Tale in May: Ray Garton, Joe Hill, Brian Keene ...

  • "All experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."

    Douglas Forbes: The End: Hollywood's Campaign to End Poverty in America

  • “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed.”

    The calm before the storms

  • Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and that accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed.

    Disillusionment with Obama grows

  • From Declaration of Independence : …Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

    Sunday roundup: absurdities abound in Obamaworld

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