What does tolerance mean?

Definitions for tolerance
ˈtɒl ər ənstol·er·ance

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word tolerance.

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.


  1. Tolerance

    Tolerance or toleration is the state of tolerating, or putting up with, conditionally.


  1. tolerance

    Tolerance refers to the acceptance, understanding, and respect for differences among people. It can refer to varying perspectives, beliefs, practices, or physical appearances. Tolerance also refers to the ability to withstand or endure something, such as in medicine, where it may refer to the body's ability to withstand a substance or the effects of a drug, or in engineering, where it refers to the degree of variation acceptable in a physical dimension.

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  

Anagrams for tolerance »

  1. coeternal

  2. antrocele

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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. James Stroud:

    A major unexpected result of this study was that all species converged on the same new, lower level of thermal tolerance, while there was great variation in temperature tolerance before the cold event -- some, like the large-bodied brown basilisk, were very intolerant of low temperatures, while others like the Puerto Rican crested anole were more robust -- we observed that all species could now tolerate, on average, the same lowest temperature.

  2. Jay Nixon:

    While none of us knows what that (decision) will be, our shared hope and expectation is that, regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint, this is not the time to turn on each other.

  3. Angela Merkel:

    There is no tolerance for those people who question the dignity of others, no tolerance for those who are not willing to help where legal and human help is required, the more people who make that clear ... the stronger we will be.

  4. Frank Moore Colby:

    Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts apathy to one of brotherly love.

  5. Hong Kong:

    Some people have mistaken the police's tolerance for weakness, i call for students who are planning to return to the occupation sites tonight not to do so.

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    I was in need to meaning of tolerance after getting @ forlooking I conivenced that is =forgiving.
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