- the state or quality of being tolerant
- capacity to endure something, esp pain or hardship
- the permitted variation in some measurement or other characteristic of an object or workpiece
- the capacity of an organism to endure the effects of a poison or other substance, esp after it has been taken over a prolonged period
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- a fair, open attitude toward people whose race, religion, practices, etc., differ from one's own:[uncountable]a long history of tolerance toward the beliefs of others.
- the act of enduring or capacity to endure;
endurance: [uncountable]My tolerance for noise is limited.[countable]a weak tolerance for the drug.
- a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one's own;
freedom from bigotry.
- a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one's own.
- interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one's own;
a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.
- the act or capacity of enduring;
endurance:My tolerance of noise is limited.
- [Med., Immunol.]
- the power of enduring or resisting the action of a drug, poison, etc.:a tolerance to antibiotics.
- the lack of or low levels of immune response to transplanted tissue or other foreign substance that is normally immunogenic.
- the permissible range of variation in a dimension of an object. Cf. allowance (def. 8).
- the permissible variation of an object or objects in some characteristic such as hardness, weight, or quantity.
- Also called allowance.[Coining.]a permissible deviation in the fineness and weight of coin, owing to the difficulty of securing exact conformity to the standard prescribed by law.
- Latin tolerantia. See tolerant, -ance
- late Middle English 1375–1425
- 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged patience, sufferance, forbearance;
liberality, impartiality, open-mindedness. Tolerance, toleration agree in allowing the right of something that one does not approve. Tolerance suggests a liberal spirit toward the views and actions of others:tolerance toward religious minorities.Toleration implies the allowance or sufferance of conduct with which one is not in accord:toleration of graft.