a fair, respectful, and permissive attitude or policy toward people whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one’s own or from those of the majority; freedom from bigotry and from an insistence on conformity: In this multiracial, multicultural school, students are taught tolerance and respect for those different from themselves.Recent changes in the country’s legislation show greater tolerance for religious diversity.
interest in, concern for, and openness toward ideas, opinions, practices, etc., that are different from one’s own; a liberal, undogmatic attitude: Tolerance presupposes taking the other's perspective, not just being aware of it.Mine is a job that rewards curiosity and tolerance—an exploratory spirit with respect to new ideas.
the act or capacity of enduring; endurance: I have a very low tolerance for noise and excitement.Of course pain is subjective, because everyone has their own level of pain tolerance.
the act of passively allowing something, especially something wrong, by failing to prevent or stop it; toleration: There will be no tolerance of abusive language in this workplace.
Medicine/Medical, Immunology, Biology.
the power of enduring or resisting the action of a drug, poison, pollutant, or biological stressor, as in drug tolerance:Patients exhibiting morphine tolerance require higher doses over time in order to achieve the same pain relief.The project aims to develop a variety of sorghum with superior drought and salinity tolerance.
the lack of or low levels of immune response to transplanted tissue or other foreign substance that is normally immunogenic: The lab studies the fundamental mechanisms of transplant rejection and transplant tolerance, with a goal to help patients avoid the need for lifelong immunosuppressive drugs.
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.
- non·tol·er·ance, noun
- o·ver·tol·er·ance, noun
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How to use tolerance in a sentence
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
And yes, our values include tolerance of those who wish to make fun of religion.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive | Ayaan Hirsi Ali | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
And what do we really mean when we say “religious tolerance”?
World peace, religious tolerance, and an end to global poverty, hunger, and disease.
But religious tolerance would be a wholesome goodie for every boy and girl.
I asked for world peace, religious tolerance and an end to poverty.
Ample tolerance of all religions and sects, but abolition and expulsion of all monastic Orders.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
In the same session, James Madison actively participated in a discussion concerning religious liberty and tolerance.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Though it fell far short of what would now be understood by tolerance, it was fully up to the level of the times.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Two wide-reaching limitations of the principle of tolerance intervened to close the gate against other Nonconformists than these.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
The Brodricks seemed to tolerate their brother-in-law; and he seemed, more sublimely, to tolerate their tolerance.The Creators | May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for tolerance
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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