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toleration

[ tol-uh-rey-shuhn ]
/ ˌtɒl əˈreɪ ʃən /
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noun
an act or instance of tolerating, especially of what is not actually approved; forbearance: to show toleration toward the protesters.
permission by law or government of the exercise of religions other than an established religion; noninterference in matters of private faith and worship.
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Origin of toleration

First recorded in 1510–20, toleration is from the Latin word tolerātiōn- (stem of tolerātiō). See tolerate, -ion

synonym study for toleration

1. See tolerance.

OTHER WORDS FROM toleration

tol·er·a·tion·ism, nountol·er·a·tion·ist, nounnon·tol·er·a·tion, nounsu·per·tol·er·a·tion, noun
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How to use toleration in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for toleration

toleration
/ (ˌtɒləˈreɪʃən) /

noun
the act or practice of tolerating
freedom to hold religious opinions that differ from the established or prescribed religion of a country

Derived forms of toleration

tolerationism, nountolerationist, noun
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