in·​tol·​er·​ant | \ (ˌ)in-ˈtäl-rənt How to pronounce intolerant (audio) , -ˈtä-lə- \

Definition of intolerant

1 : unable or unwilling to endure
2a : unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression especially in religious matters
b : unwilling to grant or share social, political, or professional rights : bigoted
3 : exhibiting physiological intolerance lactose intolerant

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Other Words from intolerant

intolerantly adverb
intolerantness noun

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Examples of intolerant in a Sentence

intolerant of fools, she is not an easy person to work for intolerant people who callously deny others the very rights that they take for granted
Recent Examples on the Web Maybe there’s an up-and-coming Canadian politician who is a narcissistic, closed-minded, intolerant bully, but perfectly polite enough to get elected there. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Barry Blitt’s “A Weight Lifted”," 18 Jan. 2021 Could a similar model predict if an immune system will grow intolerant of a particular cancer treatment, or how a tumor mutation might evolve to evade the body’s controls? Gregory Barber, Wired, "Can an AI Predict the Language of Viral Mutation?," 14 Jan. 2021 But instead of using dairy for the dog treats theirs are tsunflower butter-based because dogs are lactose intolerant and can only tolerate small amounts of dairy, according to the American Kennel Club. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ben & Jerry's launches new frozen desserts for dogs," 12 Jan. 2021 One key deviation is that while the standard Mediterranean diet includes a moderate amount of dairy, Alma maintains a dairy-free household because her son is lactose intolerant and also has an allergy to a protein found in dairy. Melissa Matthews, SELF, "Grocery Diaries: A Mom Who's Into the Mediterranean Diet—With Some Flexibility," 5 Jan. 2021 It’s like people who are intolerant of other peoples’ weight. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "A Caveman Would Never Do CrossFit. Why There’s Nothing Natural About Exercise," 28 Dec. 2020 Oatly’s Oatgurt is a delicious alternative for people who are lactose intolerant or vegan, or who just love oat milk. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Oat-based yogurt had us skeptical, but Oatly won us over," 8 Oct. 2020 Her dulcet vocals tell the tale of loneliness in an intolerant society, bolstered by heavy guitars and exploding synths. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best LGBTQ Songs of 2020: Staff Picks," 10 Dec. 2020 Reed College was in a parlous financial position, and public sentiment on homosexuality ran the gamut from intolerant to murderous. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "The Tangled Legacy of James Beard," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of intolerant

circa 1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intolerant was circa 1735

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26 Jan 2021

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“Intolerant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intolerant

: not willing to allow or accept something
disapproving : not willing to allow some people to have equality, freedom, or other social rights
medicine : unable to take a certain substance into the body without becoming sick


in·​tol·​er·​ant | \ in-ˈtä-lə-rənt How to pronounce intolerant (audio) \

Kids Definition of intolerant

1 : not able or willing to put up with She was intolerant of failure.
2 : not willing to grant rights to some people an intolerant government


in·​tol·​er·​ant | \ (ˈ)in-ˈtäl(-ə)-rənt \

Medical Definition of intolerant

: exhibiting physiological intolerance : unable to properly metabolize or absorb a substance People who are lactose intolerant cannot digest lactose because their small intestines do not produce enough lactase, the enzyme that breaks lactose down …— Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue, March 1997

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