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
For many, direct messaging plus zero tolerance equals the way forward.
At that time, families didn’t sit around a dinner table and talk about tolerance and acceptance.
His campus research focuses on the genetic makeup of rice varieties that control cold tolerance.
Finally, as the world’s two largest democracies, India and the U.S. have a deep stake in strengthening the vibrancy of their own democratic systems as models to secure equality, freedom, and tolerance.
Three Homer City Council members survived a recall effort promoted by local conservatives over a resolution that broadly endorsed tolerance and inclusion but originated as a pointed critique of President Donald Trump.
There must finally be a no-tolerance policy in this country.
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are required to learn about the systematic destruction of Jews by the Nazis during World War II and the importance of tolerance and diversity in a democratic society.
Manager Jeff Banister said Gomez has a high tolerance for pain, which could mask the precarious nature of his hamstring.
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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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