- 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.
Origin of tolerance
Examples from the Web for tolerance
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
British Dictionary definitions for tolerance
Word Origin and History for tolerance
early 15c., "endurance, fortitude," from Old French tolerance (14c.), from Latin tolerantia "endurance," from tolerans, present participle of tolerare "to bear, endure, tolerate" (see toleration). Of authorities, in the sense of "permissive," first recorded 1530s; of individuals, with the sense of "free from bigotry or severity," 1765. Meaning "allowable amount of variation" dates from 1868; and physiological sense of "ability to take large doses" first recorded 1875.