[ tol-er-uh nt ]
/ ˈtɒl ər ənt /


inclined or disposed to tolerate; showing tolerance; forbearing: tolerant of errors.
favoring toleration: a tolerant church.
Medicine/Medical, Immunology.
  1. able to endure or resist the action of a drug, poison, etc.
  2. lacking or exhibiting low levels of immune response to a normally immunogenic substance.

Origin of tolerant

1770–80; < Latin tolerant- (stem of tolerāns), present participle of tolerāre to bear. See tolerate, -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for tolerant

/ (ˈtɒlərənt) /


able to tolerate the beliefs, actions, opinions, etc, of others
able to withstand extremes, as of heat and cold
med (of a patient) exhibiting tolerance to a drug

Derived forms of tolerant

tolerantly, adverb
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