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tolerable

adjective uk   /ˈtɒl.ər.ə.bl̩/ us    /ˈtɑː.lɚ-/
of a quality that is acceptable, although certainly not good: At their best the conditions in these prisons are scarcely tolerable. For me it's friendships that make life tolerable.Quite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable
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