[ tol-er-uhns ]
/ ˈtɒl ər əns /
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.
- 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.
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Origin of tolerance
SYNONYMS FOR tolerance
1, 2 patience, sufferance, forbearance; liberality, impartiality, open-mindedness. T olerance , toleration agree in allowing the right of something that one does not approve. T olerance suggests a liberal spirit toward the views and actions of others: tolerance toward religious minorities. T oleration implies the allowance or sufferance of conduct with which one is not in accord: toleration of graft.
Related formsnon·tol·er·ance, nouno·ver·tol·er·ance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-tolerance
/ (ˈtɒlərəns) /
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
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Medicine definitions for non-tolerance
[ tŏl′ər-əns ]
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.
Related formstol′er•ant adj.
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