intolerance

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

Definition of intolerance

1 : the quality or state of being intolerant
2 : exceptional sensitivity (as to a drug) specifically : inability to properly metabolize or absorb a substance

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And while some people of course have allergies and intolerances to certain foods, there aren’t any foods that, as a general rule, are toxic. Abby Langer, SELF, "Most Diets Don't Work, But If a Diet Promises These 4 Things, Run Away," 5 Jan. 2019 Loose stools can mean your dog’s food isn’t being absorbed in his GI tract, which could point to a food allergy or intolerance, says Huggins. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 11 July 2018 These walls — once produced out of fear and intolerance, now symbolize peace and progress. Rick Stevestribune Content Agency, The Seattle Times, "In Europe’s border walls, a divided history and a united future," 11 Sep. 2018 This is what happens when Western democracies fall asleep at the switch, and fear and intolerance are allowed to rear their ugly heads, the images said. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "U2 keeps the faith with spectacularly staged 'Experience + Innocence' show at the Wells Fargo Center," 14 June 2018 Typically people with an intolerance or sensitivity can eat these foods in small amounts without experiencing problems. SELF, "I'm a Registered Dietitian and Here’s What I Want People to Know About 'Food Sensitivity' Testing Kits," 12 Oct. 2018 An overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, can lead to heat intolerance. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Hot?," 18 Oct. 2018 Angry people flooded the site with messages lambasting the firm’s intolerance of homosexuality. The Economist, "China wages war on apps offering news and jokes," 19 Apr. 2018 As a mother of two boys (one with severe allergies and one with several food intolerances), Becky Basalone of Tennessee came up with this brilliant way to make Halloween safer for all, but especially those with allergies. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying A Teal Pumpkin This Halloween," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of intolerance

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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intolerance

noun
in·​tol·​er·​ance | \ in-ˈtä-lə-rəns \

Kids Definition of intolerance

1 : the quality or state of being unable or unwilling to put up with an intolerance to bright light
2 : a reluctance to grant rights to other people religious intolerance

intolerance

noun
in·​tol·​er·​ance | \ (ˈ)in-ˈtäl(-ə)-rən(t)s \

Medical Definition of intolerance

1 : lack of an ability to endure an intolerance to light
2 : exceptional sensitivity (as to a food or drug) specifically : inability to properly metabolize or absorb a substance glucose intolerance

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