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.
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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