- 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
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Examples from the Web for toleration
Too often this dynamic results in a toleration of demagogues who show callousness to communities of color in the USA.Hispanic Outreach Director Explains Why He Said ‘Adios’ to the GOP
May 16, 2013
Yes, Israel is what Walzer called, in his book On Toleration, a “complicated case.”An Ahistorical Tantrum In The Times
March 13, 2013
Wanhope waited for a thoughtful moment of censure eventuating in toleration.Quaint Courtships
And can toleration in the active-spirited be ever anything more than approximate?The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Plato has not advanced quite so far as this in the path of toleration.Laws
They babbled of toleration, as if any heresy were to be endured, if only it were believed.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Their aspirations are all on the side of toleration, harmony and peaceful progress.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
- the act or practice of tolerating
- freedom to hold religious opinions that differ from the established or prescribed religion of a country
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.