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[tol-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌtɒl əˈreɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of tolerating, especially of what is not actually approved; forbearance:
to show toleration toward the protesters.
permission by law or government of the exercise of religions other than an established religion; noninterference in matters of private faith and worship.
Origin of toleration
First recorded in 1510-20, toleration is from the Latin word tolerātiōn- (stem of tolerātiō). See tolerate, -ion
Related forms
tolerationism, noun
tolerationist, noun
nontoleration, noun
supertoleration, noun Unabridged
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the act or practice of tolerating
freedom to hold religious opinions that differ from the established or prescribed religion of a country
Derived Forms
tolerationism, noun
tolerationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for toleration

1510s, "permission granted by authority, license," from Middle French tolération (15c.), from Latin tolerationem (nominative toleratio) "a bearing, supporting, enduring," noun of action from past participle stem of tolerare "to tolerate, literally "to bear" (see extol). Meaning "forbearance, sufferance" is from 1580s. Religious sense is from Act of Toleration, statute granting freedom of religious worship (with conditions) to dissenting Protestants in England, 1689.

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