Definition of tolerant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɒlərənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːlərənt//
    Social justice
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  1. 1tolerant (of/towards somebody/something) able to accept what other people say or do even if you do not agree with it He has a very tolerant attitude towards other religions. See related entries: Social justice
  2. 2tolerant (of something) (of plants, animals or machines) able to survive or operate in difficult conditions The plants are tolerant of frost. opposite intolerant
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French tolérant, present participle of tolérer, from Latin tolerare. Compare with earlier intolerant.Extra examples He’s relatively tolerant of my faults. Mares are surprisingly tolerant of the roughness and rudeness of their own offspring. Mary was surprisingly tolerant of his annoying habits. They are more tolerant towards gypsies now. They learn to be tolerant of other people. an area known to be religiously tolerant Although they never get angry, they are not always kind or tolerant. My friends are more tolerant, more willing to accept me for what I am. She was becoming less quick to condemn and more tolerant of others. The experience had made me more tolerant towards other people. There is little chance of a tolerant democratic system emerging.
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