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[tol-er-uh nt] /ˈtɒl ər ənt/
inclined or disposed to tolerate; showing tolerance; forbearing:
tolerant of errors.
favoring toleration:
a tolerant church.
Medicine/Medical, Immunology.
  1. able to endure or resist the action of a drug, poison, etc.
  2. lacking or exhibiting low levels of immune response to a normally immunogenic substance.
Origin of tolerant
1770-80; < Latin tolerant- (stem of tolerāns), present participle of tolerāre to bear. See tolerate, -ant
Related forms
tolerantly, adverb
nontolerant, adjective
nontolerantly, adverb
overtolerant, adjective
overtolerantly, adverb
quasi-tolerant, adjective
quasi-tolerantly, adverb
self-tolerant, adjective
self-tolerantly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tolerantly
Historical Examples
  • "You must excuse," said Maraquita tolerantly, as a bevy of patriots surrounded Roland and kissed him on the cheek.

    A Man of Means P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill
  • He smiled at her tolerantly, handing up the lengthened strap.

    Judith of the Cumberlands Alice MacGowan
  • It meant, they smilingly said, "New England," and tolerantly passed it by.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • "It's aye the old story with you," the Paymaster would say tolerantly.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • "That is quite proper, too, considering their relations," said Clarence tolerantly.

  • "It's a slip carriage," he said, smiling, tolerantly superior.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • The man in middle life takes his adored one tolerantly, and keeps his reservations to himself.

  • "Well, you have to have discipline," Trigger said tolerantly.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • "Because she's not very well," answered Clementina, and she smiled, a little triumphantly as well as tolerantly.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • "Your poor mother was obstinate," commented the captain, regarding her tolerantly.

British Dictionary definitions for tolerantly


able to tolerate the beliefs, actions, opinions, etc, of others
able to withstand extremes, as of heat and cold
(med) (of a patient) exhibiting tolerance to a drug
Derived Forms
tolerantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tolerantly



1784, from Latin tolerantia "endurance," from tolerans, present participle of tolerare "to bear, endure, tolerate" (see toleration). Related: Tolerantly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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