tolerance

noun
tol·​er·​ance | \ ˈtä-lə-rən(t)s How to pronounce tolerance (audio) , ˈtäl-rən(t)s \

Definition of tolerance

1 : capacity to endure pain or hardship : endurance, fortitude, stamina
2a : sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own
b : 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 factor
b : the maximum amount of a pesticide residue that may lawfully remain on or in food

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, each host needs to decide what the ground rules should be based on his or her personal situation and tolerance for risk. Colman Andrews, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 Under Donald Trump, tolerance of corporate malfeasance was baked into the department’s bones and prosecutions plummeted. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2021 These products can be used as hedging tools to reduce the price risk of offshore RMB assets and smoothen RMB investment returns, thereby attracting investors with relatively low tolerance of volatility (e.g. sovereign funds and pension funds). Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Azar and Kostyuchenko now share an office. Novaya Gazeta’s tolerance for internal dissent meant that even its most celebrated reporter, Politkovskaya, faced skepticism from her colleagues. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 Since then, Beijing has adopted a zero-tolerance playbook to quell resurgences of the virus. Nectar Gan, CNN, 14 Nov. 2021 But learning to live with significant differences requires much more than tolerance. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 This includes removing lifetime positions for board members and establishing no tolerance rules for members who engage in racist, sexist, or discriminatory behavior. Rashad Robinson, Billboard, 12 Nov. 2021 Heat tolerance, though, isn’t the only thing corals need. Nicola Jones, Wired, 6 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of tolerance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tolerance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tolerance. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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tolerance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tolerance

: willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own
: the ability to accept, experience, or survive something harmful or unpleasant
: your body's ability to become adjusted to something (such as a drug) so that its effects are experienced less strongly

tolerance

noun
tol·​er·​ance | \ ˈtä-lə-rəns How to pronounce tolerance (audio) \

Kids Definition of tolerance

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

tolerance

noun
tol·​er·​ance | \ ˈtäl(-ə)-rən(t)s How to pronounce tolerance (audio) \

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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