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 In my experience, schools fail to do enough about bullying when staff members frown upon intolerant behavior without addressing it head on. Daniel A Cinotti, The Conversation, "Many states now require anti-bullying training that includes a focus on LGBTQ students - but risks remain," 6 Nov. 2019 But in many cases, because of an intolerant society, that’s the space of fear they’re kept in. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Anne Hathaway’s Modern Love Episode Is a Powerful Example of Dating as a Bipolar Woman," 18 Oct. 2019 The question is whether Americans can live and work together without being so absolutist about politics and intolerant of viewpoint diversity. Michael R. Bloomberg, Twin Cities, "Michael Bloomberg: Enough with ‘speech is violence.’ Democracy requires discomfort.," 22 Sep. 2019 White oaks, like yours, are intolerant of saturated soil, so last year’s excessive rain is undoubtedly causing damage. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: Beware ivy-like wavyleaf basketgrass and why oak trees are in decline," 19 Sep. 2019 And for the first time, an openly gay person stood for highest office in the Middle East and North Africa, a region that remains intolerant of LGBT rights. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "Tunisia's Presidential Election 2019: Who's Running, What's at Stake," 13 Sep. 2019 And healthcare services can be intolerant of people with mental illness, or at least perceived as such, the report said. Arman Azad, CNN, "Why people with mental illness may face poorer physical health and early death," 16 July 2019 The right’s right to opinion Why is the left so intolerant and afraid to allow other opinions? Can’t their beliefs stand up to scrutiny? Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: The right’s right to opinion; On the governor’s remarks; A work-from-home strategy; Don’t blame Sanders (9/13/19)," 13 Sep. 2019 Cheese, except to those who are lactose intolerant or vegan, is the music that makes plain pizza crust sing. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Pinky pull ups, mayo eating and other weird feats in the new Guinness World Records book," 8 Sep. 2019

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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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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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