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Capable of being endured: bearable pain; a bearable schedule.

bear′a·bil′i·ty n.
bear′a·bly adv.
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(ˌbɛərəˈbɪlɪtɪ) or


the quality of being able to be bornethe quality of being bearable
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Much about the quality and bearability of American politics going forward will be determined by the grace and understanding of the ascendant group.
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