- inclined or disposed to tolerate; showing tolerance; forbearing: tolerant of errors.
- favoring toleration: a tolerant church.
- Medicine/Medical, Immunology.
- able to endure or resist the action of a drug, poison, etc.
- lacking or exhibiting low levels of immune response to a normally immunogenic substance.
Origin of tolerant
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Examples from the Web for tolerantly
She smiled faintly, vaguely, tolerantly, as if she enjoyed his pleasure in teasing her.Questionable Shapes
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"It's aye the old story with you," the Paymaster would say tolerantly.Gilian The Dreamer
"It's a slip carriage," he said, smiling, tolerantly superior.Ambrotox and Limping Dick
"That is quite proper, too, considering their relations," said Clarence tolerantly.Susy, A Story of the Plains
"Well, that's very interesting, I'm sure," he said 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
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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.
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