- a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.
- a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions, beliefs, and practices that differ from one's own.
- interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one's own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.
- the act or capacity of enduring; endurance: My tolerance of noise is limited.
- Medicine/Medical, Immunology.
- the power of enduring or resisting the action of a drug, poison, etc.: a tolerance to antibiotics.
- the lack of or low levels of immune response to transplanted tissue or other foreign substance that is normally immunogenic.
- the permissible range of variation in a dimension of an object.Compare allowance(def 8).
- the permissible variation of an object or objects in some characteristic such as hardness, weight, or quantity.
- Also called allowance. Coining. a permissible deviation in the fineness and weight of coin, owing to the difficulty of securing exact conformity to the standard prescribed by law.
Origin of tolerance
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Examples from the Web for tolerance
In a statement, Governor Egidio Torre Cantu said “We will apply the full force of the law and zero tolerance.”Mexico’s Murderous SWAT Teams
November 10, 2014
Before ISIS militants surrounded the Syrian city, it had flourished as a place of tolerance and free speech.Remembering Kobani Before The Siege
Mustafa Abdi, Movements.Org, Advancing Human Rights
November 8, 2014
For these self-righteous and thin-skinned folks, there are apparently limits to the liberal virtue of tolerance.Pew Study: Americans Are Self-Segregating Amid Proliferating Partisan Media
October 21, 2014
His only crime is being a free voice in a country that has no tolerance nor understanding for freedom.Wife of Jailed Saudi Blogger: My Husband Is a Victim of the Thought Police
Ensaf Haidar, Advancing Human Rights
October 20, 2014
At least we have this: “We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus,” Florida President Bernie Machen said Monday.Gator Quarterback’s Lawyer: Blame This Victim
October 10, 2014
For myself I beg your tolerance, your countenance and your united aid.
It viewed them with tolerance until they were found out, when it raised its hands.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Kirkwood acceded, perforce; and bided his time with what tolerance he could muster.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
"She hasn't any tolerance in her, anyhow," and he was grave and preoccupied all through dinner.
He simply cannot conceive of such a thing; and he has no tolerance for it.
- the state or quality of being tolerant
- capacity to endure something, esp pain or hardship
- the permitted variation in some measurement or other characteristic of an object or workpiece
- physiol the capacity of an organism to endure the effects of a poison or other substance, esp after it has been taken over a prolonged period
Word Origin and History for tolerance
early 15c., "endurance, fortitude," from Old French tolerance (14c.), from Latin tolerantia "endurance," from tolerans, present participle of tolerare "to bear, endure, tolerate" (see toleration). Of authorities, in the sense of "permissive," first recorded 1530s; of individuals, with the sense of "free from bigotry or severity," 1765. Meaning "allowable amount of variation" dates from 1868; and physiological sense of "ability to take large doses" first recorded 1875.
- Decreased responsiveness to a stimulus, especially over a period of continued exposure.
- The capacity to absorb a drug continuously or in large doses without adverse effect; diminution in the response to a drug after prolonged use.
- Physiological resistance to a poison.
- Acceptance of a tissue graft or transplant without immunological rejection.
- Unresponsiveness to an antigen that normally produces an immunological reaction.
- The ability of an organism to resist or survive infection by a parasitic or pathogenic organism.