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tolerance

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noun tol·er·ance \ˈtä-lə-rən(t)s, ˈtäl-rən(t)s\

Simple Definition of tolerance

  • : willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own

  • : the ability to accept, experience, or survive something harmful or unpleasant

  • medical : your body's ability to become adjusted to something (such as a drug) so that its effects are experienced less strongly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tolerance

  1. 1 :  capacity to endure pain or hardship :  endurance, fortitude, stamina

  2. 2a :  sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's ownb :  the act of allowing something :  toleration

  3. 3 :  the allowable deviation from a standard; especially :  the range of variation permitted in maintaining a specified dimension in machining a piece

  4. 4a (1) :  the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure <developed a tolerance to painkillers>; also :  the immunological state marked by unresponsiveness to a specific antigen (2) :  relative capacity of an organism to grow or thrive when subjected to an unfavorable environmental factorb :  the maximum amount of a pesticide residue that may lawfully remain on or in food

Examples of tolerance in a sentence

  1. a tolerance for other lifestyles

  2. The plants have a high tolerance for heat.

  3. Some patients gradually develop a tolerance for the drug and need to be given a larger dose.

  4. Some patients develop greater tolerance for the drug's effects.



15th Century

First Known Use of tolerance

15th century



TOLERANCE Defined for Kids

tolerance

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noun tol·er·ance \ˈtä-lə-rəns\

Definition of tolerance for Students

  1. 1 :  ability to put up with something harmful, bad, or annoying <He was running out of tolerance for the pushy young cop. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>

  2. 2 :  sympathy for or acceptance of feelings or habits which are different from someone's own




Medical Dictionary

tolerance

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noun tol·er·ance \ˈtäl(-ə)-rən(t)s\

Medical Definition of tolerance

  1. 1:  the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure <developed a tolerance to painkillers>

  2. 2:  the immunological state marked by unresponsiveness to a specific antigen





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