Definition of tolerance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɒlərəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːlərəns//
    Social justice, Medication
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  1. 1[uncountable] tolerance (of/for somebody/something) the willingness to accept or tolerate somebody/something, especially opinions or behaviour that you may not agree with, or people who are not like you She had no tolerance for jokes of any kind. religious tolerance a reputation for tolerance towards refugees see also zero tolerance opposite intolerance See related entries: Social justice
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] tolerance (to something) the ability to suffer something, especially pain, difficult conditions, etc. without being harmed tolerance to cold Tolerance to alcohol decreases with age. See related entries: Medication
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] (specialist) the amount by which the measurement of a value can vary without causing problems They were working to a tolerance of 0.0001 of a centimetre.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting the action of bearing hardship, or the ability to bear pain and hardship): via Old French from Latin tolerantia, from tolerare.Extra examples He proved his high tolerance for pain. He watched the kids throw water around with amused tolerance. Howard County has a zero tolerance policy on alcohol use by teenagers. She was showing greater tolerance towards her younger sister than before. Some children have a low tolerance for boredom. The policy required greater tolerance of foreigners. We group plants according to their light and heat tolerances. Your lack of tolerance is disappointing. a plea for greater tolerance of religious diversity people with a high tolerance of discomfort He was a strong advocate of religious tolerance. They have shown remarkable tolerance of the delays. We must fight prejudice and encourage an attitude of tolerance to others.
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