[ tol-uh-rey-shuhn ]
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  1. an act or instance of tolerating, especially of what is not actually approved; forbearance: to show toleration toward the protesters.

  2. permission by law or government of the exercise of religions other than an established religion; noninterference in matters of private faith and worship.

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, noun
  • tol·er·a·tion·ist, noun
  • non·tol·er·a·tion, noun
  • su·per·tol·er·a·tion, noun

Words Nearby toleration Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use toleration in a sentence

  • Passage of the well known toleration act of England, which so greatly relieved the dissenters.

  • But Villegagnon now imagined himself secure in his colony, and threw off the mask of toleration.

  • The early years of the reign of Diocletian were characterized for the most part by principles of religious toleration.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • Now this day's discussion was not merely one of form; but it has established toleration in all its extent.

  • The attitude of the leaders toward all these differing views has become one of easy toleration.

    Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer

British Dictionary definitions for toleration


/ (ˌtɒləˈreɪʃən) /

  1. the act or practice of tolerating

  2. freedom to hold religious opinions that differ from the established or prescribed religion of a country

Derived forms of toleration

  • tolerationism, noun
  • tolerationist, noun

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