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[tol-er-uh nt]
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  1. inclined or disposed to tolerate; showing tolerance; forbearing: tolerant of errors.
  2. favoring toleration: a tolerant church.
  3. 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.
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Origin of tolerant

1770–80; < Latin tolerant- (stem of tolerāns), present participle of tolerāre to bear. See tolerate, -ant
Related formstol·er·ant·ly, adverbnon·tol·er·ant, adjectivenon·tol·er·ant·ly, adverbo·ver·tol·er·ant, adjectiveo·ver·tol·er·ant·ly, adverbqua·si-tol·er·ant, adjectivequa·si-tol·er·ant·ly, adverbself-tol·er·ant, adjectiveself-tol·er·ant·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • She smiled faintly, vaguely, tolerantly, as if she enjoyed his pleasure in teasing her.

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    William Dean Howells

  • "It's aye the old story with you," the Paymaster would say tolerantly.

  • "It's a slip carriage," he said, smiling, tolerantly superior.

  • "That is quite proper, too, considering their relations," said Clarence tolerantly.

  • "Well, that's very interesting, I'm sure," he said tolerantly.

British Dictionary definitions for tolerantly


  1. able to tolerate the beliefs, actions, opinions, etc, of others
  2. permissive
  3. able to withstand extremes, as of heat and cold
  4. med (of a patient) exhibiting tolerance to a drug
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Derived Formstolerantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tolerantly



1784, from Latin tolerantia "endurance," from tolerans, present participle of tolerare "to bear, endure, tolerate" (see toleration). Related: Tolerantly.

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