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
Recent Examples of intolerance from the Web
Trump has infuriated Europeans by pulling out of the Paris climate accord, and is seen as an agent of intolerance and instability among the political classes across much of Europe.
Before long, though, the men arrive at their defining conflict as Paisley attacks McGuinness's conscience and McGuinness denounces the intolerance Paisley bred for decades.
The IQ difference will be about as interesting as African-descended people’s genetic predisposition to lactose intolerance or lesser amounts of bodily hair.
Conservative media pointed to the furor as an example of intolerance on college campuses, where protests have derailed multiple appearances by contentious figures.
Pom Pom’s disabused me of that sandwich intolerance.
This is because sadly, some teens can be cruel and unaccepting of others who are different from them, and LGBTQ students end up unfairly being some of the first targets of their intolerance.
There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference.
Still, the wordsmith deals with intolerance on a regular basis.
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First Known Use of intolerance
INTOLERANCE Defined for Kids
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 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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