in·​tol·​er·​ance | \ (ˌ)in-ˈtäl-rən(t)s How to pronounce intolerance (audio) , -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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Examples of intolerance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Numerous studies link high intolerance of uncertainty to anxiety and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, PTSD and eating disorders. Jelena Kecmanovic, The Conversation, "5 tips for surviving in an increasingly uncertain world," 23 Oct. 2019 In Britain 20% of people surveyed by Mintel glugged such products, but only a third of those did so because of an allergy or intolerance. The Economist, "Plant-based meat could create a radically different food chain," 12 Oct. 2019 Broomfield, 62, has bore witness to Lake County’s history of racial intolerance and its changing landscape. Tess Sheets,, "Hundreds protest Confederate statue in Lake County: ‘It is dividing us’," 10 Aug. 2019 All People’s Day will have two Saturdays worth of activities for people of all ages to experience each other’s cultures in an attempt to address prejudice, intolerance and hate in September. Austen Erblat,, "All People’s Day activities aim to increase awareness and tolerance of cultural diversity," 29 Aug. 2019 No one said the fight against intolerance would be easy. David French, National Review, "Courage Is the Cure for Political Correctness," 20 Aug. 2019 Could these gatherings — rooted in ancient, tribal practices — be the answer to combating intolerance in San Diego and beyond? San Diego Union-Tribune, "Can conversation cure racism? A small but growing movement is trying.," 11 Aug. 2019 Indonesia has experienced growing religious intolerance in recent years, according to monitors, and a more conservative strain of Islam has grown increasingly popular and politically effective. I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Expected to Rise as Crews Reach Villages," 25 Dec. 2018 Think of McKinnon as Jeff Sessions, whose intolerance of the gay community and fear of women is comedic gold. Lorraine Ali,, "Commentary: ‘SNL’ deserves the Shane Gillis backlash. It’s been courting liberals for years," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of intolerance

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intolerance was in 1765

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in·​tol·​er·​ance | \ in-ˈtä-lə-rəns How to pronounce intolerance (audio) \

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


in·​tol·​er·​ance | \ (ˈ)in-ˈtäl(-ə)-rən(t)s How to pronounce intolerance (audio) \

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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