What does tolerance mean?

Definitions for tolerance
ˈtɒl ər ənstol·er·ance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tolerancenoun

    the power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions

  2. permissiveness, tolerancenoun

    a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior

  3. tolerancenoun

    the act of tolerating something

  4. tolerancenoun

    willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others

  5. allowance, leeway, margin, tolerancenoun

    a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits


  1. tolerancenoun

    The ability to endure pain or hardship; endurance.

  2. tolerancenoun

    The ability or practice of tolerating; an acceptance or patience with the beliefs, opinions or practices of others; a lack of bigotry.

  3. tolerancenoun

    The ability of the body (or other organism) to resist the action of a poison, to cope with a dangerous drug or to survive infection by an organism.

  4. tolerancenoun

    The variation or deviation from a standard, especially the maximum permitted variation in an engineering measurement.

  5. tolerancenoun

    The ability of the body to accept a tissue graft without rejection.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tolerancenoun

    Power of enduring; act of enduring.

    Etymology: tolerantia, Lat. tolerance, Fr.

    Diogenes one frosty morning came into the market-place shaking, to shew his tolerance; many of the people came about him, pitying him: Plato passing by, and knowing he did it to be seen, said, if you pity him indeed, let him alone to himself. Francis Bacon, Apophth.

    There wants nothing but consideration of our own eternal weal, a tolerance or endurance of being made happy here, and blessed eternally. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tolerancenoun

    the power or capacity of enduring; the act of enduring; endurance

  2. Tolerancenoun

    the endurance of the presence or actions of objectionable persons, or of the expression of offensive opinions; toleration

  3. Tolerancenoun

    the power possessed or acquired by some persons of bearing doses of medicine which in ordinary cases would prove injurious or fatal

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. tolerance

    An agreement to tolerate intolerance.

Editors Contribution

  1. tolerance

    The act, fact, ability and quality of being tolerant.

    Tolerance is easy to learn, you just keep practicing and then you realize we are all equal in every way.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tolerance in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tolerance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of tolerance in a Sentence

  1. Chika Onuegbu:

    We, therefore, urge President Muhammadu Buhari to be dogged in the fight against corruption and the elimination of waste in governance through strengthening the institutions that fight corruption, adopting a truly zero tolerance approach to corruption and waste of public funds and more importantly, pass into law the offence of unexplained wealth in Nigeria and ensure that offenders are properly dealt with. The offence of unexplained wealth (also called possession of unexplained wealth) will penalize people for possessing wealth disproportionate to their known lawful sources of income if they cannot provide a satisfactory explanation for this.

  2. Ahmed Moosa:

    The late Mr. Archie Augustine (a Roman Catholic) from Estcourt, Kwa Zulu Natal put it beautifully when he said the following about the Qur’an: “Despite your religious or non-religious attitudes, the Holy Qur’aan is a boon to your intellectual and moral strength. Even if you are not concerned with moral issues, then pamper your intellectual curiosity and read the Qur’aan. The greater the level of your education, in any field, or the greater your social or political standing in your community, the more reason why you should procure your own copy of the Book and begin to read it”. “Nothing, but nothing, is left ambiguous or unanswered. It is a Book of Law interwoven in morality till it touches every facet of the human experience. It includes politics, economics, moral behaviour, personal cleanliness and propriety, inter-family relationships, bequests and inheritance, inter-religious respect and tolerance, charity, the sin of taking and of giving commercial interest, the importance of prayer, the belief in ONE GOD, religious-sociology and oneness of humankind. Bring any manner or word, concept or subject matter to mind and you will find, not only a reference to such a matter, but a treatise, succinctly and poignantly illustrating, advising, illuminating and directing”. A POEM ON THE HOLY QURAN WRITTEN SOME 35 YEARS AGO BY THE NINTH PRESIDENT OF INDIA, DR. PANDIT SHANKER DAYAL SHARMA: (IT WAS A COMMAND FOR ACTION. YOU TURNED IT INTO A BOOK OF PRAYER.) (IT WAS A BOOK TO UNDERSTAND. YOU READ IT WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING.) (IT WAS A CODE FOR THE LIVING. YOU TURNED IT INTO A MANIFESTO OF THE DEAD.) (THAT WHICH WAS A BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE; YOU ABDICATED TO THE IGNORAMUS). (IT CAME TO GIVE KNOWLEDGE OF CREATION. YOU ABANDONED IT TO THE MADRASA.) (IT CAME TO GIVE LIFE TO DEAD NATIONS. YOU USED IT FOR SEEKING MERCY FOR THE DEAD.) (O’ MUSLIMS! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?)

  3. Paul Sweeney:

    A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance, and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.

  4. Van Eenoo:

    That's why we are now investing in looking into blood concentration — dried blood spots, those kind of things — to complement urine, if we are looking at a zero tolerance policy which is important for most of the substances and especially those which are most performance-enhancing — steroids, EPO — then urine is the gold standard and will remain for quite a long time to come.

  5. Robert Redford:

    Were up against a crisis I never thought Id see in my lifetime: a dictator-like attack by President Donald Trump on everything this country stands for, aslast weeks impeachment hearingsmade clear, our shared tolerance and respect for the truth, our sacred rule of law, our essential freedom of the press and our precious freedoms of speech --all have been threatened by a single man.

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a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
  • A. humility
  • B. slip
  • C. bias
  • D. rapture

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