intolerant

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

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

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Although their ways are harsh and intolerant, a semblance of order returns. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "War Brought Cricket to Afghanistan," 13 June 2018 Critics have reacted with alarm to Erdogan’s victory, saying the results usher in what will effectively be one-man rule, putting someone with increasingly autocratic and intolerant tendencies at the helm of a strategically significant NATO country. Elena Becatoros, The Seattle Times, "What’s next for Turkey after vote grants Erdogan vast powers," 25 June 2018 Critics have reacted with alarm to Erdogan's victory, saying the results usher in what will effectively be one-man rule, putting someone with increasingly autocratic and intolerant tendencies at the helm of a strategically significant NATO country. Elena Becatoros, Fox News, "What's next for Turkey after vote grants Erdogan vast powers," 25 June 2018 Critics have reacted with alarm to Erdogan's victory, saying the results usher in what will effectively be one-man rule, putting someone with increasingly autocratic and intolerant tendencies at the helm of a strategically significant NATO country. Elena Becatoros, chicagotribune.com, "What's next for Turkey as Erdogan gains new executive powers?," 25 June 2018 Critics have reacted with alarm to Erdogan’s victory, saying the results usher in what will effectively be one-man rule, putting someone with increasingly autocratic and intolerant tendencies at the helm of a strategically significant NATO country. Washington Post, "What’s next for Turkey after vote grants Erdogan vast powers," 25 June 2018 Many trees can handle having their roots completely submerged in waterlogged soil in winter but are surprisingly intolerant of waterlogged soil in the heat of summer. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's no such thing as 'average' Kentucky weather. And trees hate that," 13 July 2018 Buoyed by a seeming imperviousness at the polls, Erdogan has become ever more autocratic, his style of leadership more personal, prickly, and intolerant. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 18 May 2018 Because the bounty of good bacteria in kefir digests much of the milk’s lactose, those who are lactose intolerant typically do not have an issue with it. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Ranch dressing that’s good for you? Yep, it can be done | Charlotte Observer," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of intolerant

circa 1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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intolerant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intolerant

: 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

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

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

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 Steingarten, Vogue, March 1997

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