What word would you use to describe "not being comfortable with something or someone, yet not complaining"?

A perfect example is when you don't enjoy your partner's meal but you are not complaining. A word like acquiesce is close in meaning, but I want the best word.

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    – Drew
    May 28, 2016 at 2:27
  • Not uncomfortable May 28, 2016 at 4:09
  • You bear it (or them)? May 28, 2016 at 10:52
  • How would you use the term in a sentence?
    – Lawrence
    May 28, 2016 at 14:01
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    A perfect example is when you don't enjoy your partner's meal but you are not complaining. Words like acquiesce is nearest in meaning. But i wanted a perfect word. May 28, 2016 at 16:42

8 Answers 8


Then you tolerate it. The word tolerance, from MW:

  1. willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own;
  2. the ability to accept, experience, or survive something harmful or unpleasant.

Resigned to, from Cambridge Dictionaries Online

To make yourself accept something you do not like because you cannot change it

Example (made up):

He resigned himself to the awful lines at airport security over the Memorial Day weekend, because it was the last opportunity he would have to visit his parents before starting his new job.


While tolerate (per Matsmath) is a perfectly good answer, you might also consider more extreme examples, such as long-suffering.

  • Acquiesce would be cool. But it doesn't bring out the "not comfortable" part. May 28, 2016 at 16:36

There's a question of degree. Is it a little uncomfortable or a lot uncomfortable?

How about loathe?

: to dislike greatly; detest [Webster's]

Although I am loathe to sit next to the stinky kid, I can always just breathe through my mouth.

  • I think loathe does not express the term "not complaining". Your example sentence make it look like to do so, but it is tricky since the second part expresses "not complaining" which has nothing to do with the first part.
    – Matsmath
    May 28, 2016 at 5:00
  • Acquiesce would be cool. But it doesn't bring out the "not comfortable" part. May 28, 2016 at 16:37

I would use "disquiet" as it adds nothing. It is an internal feeling one has when not comfortable with something.

I felt disquiet when he did not answer.


To begrudgingly accept something, perhaps.


  1. (with object) Give reluctantly or resentfully
    (adverb) begrudgingly

"So I begrudgingly agreed that we would cook something."
"And I begrudgingly have to admit they probably deserved to win."

  • See how I have added extra information like definition, example, dictionary link? Next time you should do it. :)
    – NVZ
    May 28, 2016 at 18:13
  • the trouble with begrudge is that it does imply a good bit of complaining or grumbling, at least to me. It wouldn't work for the partner's meal example, either.
    – Phil Sweet
    Jun 6, 2016 at 2:15

I'd use Passivity.


**Passivity ** is allowing others to do things to you without complaining or pushing back.


The answer I would give disapproval. Merriam Webster defines it as

Lack of approval : the belief that someone or something is bad or wrong

  • Hi Noah, welcome to ELU! I think your answer is a fair contribution, and congrats for demonstrating research effort (which is greatly prized on this site!). As a suggestion, it could be improved on two scores. Firstly, the way the question is framed suggests that a verb (e.g. disapprove) or adjective (e.g. disapproving) is being asked for. Secondly, the OP asks for a word that captures both "not okay" and "not complaining", and I'm not sure that disapproval meets the second requirement unless it's tacit. May 29, 2016 at 3:58

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