Definition of tolerance
2a : sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's ownb : the act of allowing something : toleration
3 : the allowable deviation from a standard; especially : the range of variation permitted in maintaining a specified dimension in machining a piece
4a (1) : the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (such as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure developed a tolerance to painkillers; also : the immunological state marked by unresponsiveness to a specific antigen (2) : relative capacity of an organism to grow or thrive when subjected to an unfavorable environmental factorb : the maximum amount of a pesticide residue that may lawfully remain on or in food
Examples of tolerance in a Sentence
a tolerance for other lifestyles
The plants have a high tolerance for heat.
Some patients gradually develop a tolerance for the drug and need to be given a larger dose.
Some patients develop greater tolerance for the drug's effects.
Recent Examples of tolerance from the Web
Manager Jeff Banister said Gomez has a high tolerance for pain, which could mask the precarious nature of his hamstring.
There is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.
An opposite sentiment was in effect on Thursday when Prinzing, the executive director of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, joined state and national leaders to reaffirm the community’s commitment to love and tolerance.
The ever-increasing swell of tolerance, acceptance, and awareness that lives and breathes in more and more people from every walk of life, every day.
Prior to the Labor Department regulation, brokers only had to adhere to a suitability requirement, meaning investments had to fit a clients’ needs and risk tolerance.
In 2010, international rules instituted a zero-tolerance policy for false starts.
For the White House, the Vatican stop caps a tour through key sites of the world’s three major religions, following stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel, designed to promote tolerance and a united approach to terrorism.
The home of the Hipster PDA brings flow to your workflow through software tips and zero tolerance for data clutter.
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First Known Use of tolerance
TOLERANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tolerance for English Language Learners
: willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own
: the ability to accept, experience, or survive something harmful or unpleasant
medical : your body's ability to become adjusted to something (such as a drug) so that its effects are experienced less strongly
TOLERANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of tolerance for Students
1 : ability to put up with something harmful, bad, or annoying He was running out of tolerance for the pushy young cop. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot
2 : sympathy for or acceptance of feelings or habits which are different from someone's own
Medical Definition of tolerance
1: the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure developed a tolerance to painkillers
2: the immunological state marked by unresponsiveness to a specific antigen
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