intolerance

noun in·tol·er·ance \ (ˌ)in-ˈtäl-rən(t)s , -ˈtä-lə- \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

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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First Known Use of intolerance

1765


INTOLERANCE Defined for Kids

intolerance

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

Definition of intolerance for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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