- 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
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|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.
Two wide-reaching limitations of the principle of tolerance intervened to close the gate against other Nonconformists than these.
The Brodricks seemed to tolerate their brother-in-law; and he seemed, more sublimely, to tolerate their tolerance.The Creators|May Sinclair