Something that is palatable is acceptable to one’s sense of taste—literally or figuratively. If it's palatable, then you can put up with it — whether it's leftovers or a mediocre made-for-TV movie.

The palate is the roof of the mouth, the combination of structures that separates the mouth from the nose. Early anatomists believed that the sense of taste was located in the palate, and, just as taste is metaphorically expanded to include sensibilities beyond the experience of food and drink, so palatable can be used to describe phenomena beyond the culinary. And, while palatable can mean pleasing or agreeable, it generally means merely tolerable—edible, rather than delicious.

Definitions of palatable

adj acceptable to the taste or mind

palatable food”
“a palatable solution to the problem”
appetising, appetizing
appealing to or stimulating the appetite especially in appearance or aroma
comestible, eatable, edible
suitable for use as food
pleasing to the sense of taste
not pleasant or acceptable to the taste or mind
unappetising, unappetizing
not appetizing in appearance, aroma, or taste
inedible, uneatable
not suitable for food
unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
distasteful and unpleasant; spoiled by mixture
distasteful, unsavory, unsavoury
not pleasing in odor or taste
disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings
lacking flavor
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