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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).

BROOKABLE, adj. “What may be borne or endured” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2). Given in N.E.D. as chiefly Sc.Rxb. a.1860 J. Younger Autobiog. (1881) xxii.:
The idea was not brookable to the older people.
Slk. 1824 Hogg Confessions Justified Sinner 62:
The face . . . gazed on him with an intensity that was hardly brookable.

[From Eng. brook, to endure, O.E. brūcan, to enjoy. See Bruik.]

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