intolerant

adjective in·tol·er·ant \ (ˌ)in-ˈtäl-rənt , -ˈtä-lə- \

Definition of intolerant

1 :unable or unwilling to endure
2 a :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

intolerantly

adverb

intolerantness

noun

Examples of intolerant in a Sentence

  1. intolerant of fools, she is not an easy person to work for

  2. intolerant people who callously deny others the very rights that they take for granted

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First Known Use of intolerant

circa 1735



INTOLERANT Defined for English Language Learners

intolerant

adjective

Definition of intolerant for English Language Learners

  • : not willing to allow or accept something

  • : 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


INTOLERANT Defined for Kids

intolerant

adjective in·tol·er·ant \ in-ˈtä-lə-rənt \

Definition of intolerant for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

intolerant

adjective 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 SteingartenVogueMarch 1997


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