- 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.
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Origin of tolerance
synonym study for tolerance
OTHER WORDS FROM tolerancenon·tol·er·ance, nouno·ver·tol·er·ance, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for tolerance
Dark Triad people have no tolerance for anything, or acceptance.Are You Yoda or Darth Vader? - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Brian Gallagher|August 26, 2020|Nautilus
Desmond said the growing number of positive cases was a good thing because healthy people would build up a tolerance to the virus and protect the vulnerable.Supervisor by Day, But a COVID-19 Skeptic on the Airwaves|Katy Stegall|August 20, 2020|Voice of San Diego
That comity and tolerance seems to be vanishing, with that generation of Americans replaced with a generation driven by the anger of extremists.Departure from convention—mom, baseball, the postal worker, and patriotism|jakemeth|August 19, 2020|Fortune
With funding from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the researchers now plan to identify specific genetic markers that correlate with tolerance to tropical conditions.Biotechnology Could Change the Cattle Industry. Will It Succeed?|Dyllan Furness|August 16, 2020|Singularity Hub
Those genes may be behind the reptiles’ tolerance of cool temperatures, the researchers say.How tuatara live so long and can withstand cool weather|Jake Buehler|August 5, 2020|Science News
In a statement, Governor Egidio Torre Cantu said “We will apply the full force of the law and zero tolerance.”
Before ISIS militants surrounded the Syrian city, it had flourished as a place of tolerance and free speech.
For these self-righteous and thin-skinned folks, there are apparently limits to the liberal virtue of tolerance.Pew Study: Americans Are Self-Segregating Amid Proliferating Partisan Media|John Avlon|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His only crime is being a free voice in a country that has no tolerance nor understanding for freedom.Wife of Jailed Saudi Blogger: My Husband Is a Victim of the Thought Police|Ensaf Haidar, Advancing Human Rights|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At least we have this: “We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus,” Florida President Bernie Machen said Monday.
Bobby Browne was going on volubly about the charity ball, Deppingham listening with a fair show of tolerance.The Man From Brodney's|George Barr McCutcheon
Maurice had nothing of his father's tolerance in religious matters or his subtle skill in diplomacy.History of Holland|George Edmundson
Tolerance and cynicism are at once causes and results of group decay.Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park
Our tolerance for their vices is calculated to deliver the penitents to us, body and soul.
The Parliament which his tolerance had upheld, proclaimed that the State had lost its strongest prop.The Mesmerist's Victim|Alexandre Dumas