[ tol-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌtɒl əˈreɪ ʃən /


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.

Origin of toleration

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

Related forms

tol·er·a·tion·ism, nountol·er·a·tion·ist, nounnon·tol·er·a·tion, nounsu·per·tol·er·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for toleration


/ (ˌtɒləˈreɪʃən) /


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

Derived Forms

tolerationism, nountolerationist, noun
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