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 Biden’s likely course flows from the increasingly bipartisan consensus among members of Congress that overly warm relations with China and tolerance of its unfair trade practices helped fuel a technological rival that now threatens U.S. leadership. Washington Post, "Biden likely to remain tough on Chinese tech like Huawei, but with more help from allies," 16 Nov. 2020 Arizona Jews for Justice became a bridge across these communities to communicate messages of peace and tolerance. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Jews for Justice leads pandemic relief effort, supports vulnerable communities," 14 Nov. 2020 But Taylor and others have found that frequent exposure to heat also makes a big difference to heat tolerance. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Heat is killing more people than ever. Scientists are looking for ways to lower the risk," 12 Nov. 2020 Known for advocating for openness on issues like gay rights, the environment and religious tolerance, Francis has been embraced by some liberals as furthering their causes. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Vatican calling: Pope congratulates Joe Biden on election," 12 Nov. 2020 The campus has also introduced a zero-tolerance rule for gatherings that do not follow safety guidelines. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Notre Dame mandates COVID testing after students rush field in celebration of Clemson win," 10 Nov. 2020 The campus has also introduced a zero-tolerance rule for gatherings that do not follow safety guidelines. Casey Smith, Star Tribune, "Notre Dame mandates virus testing after football celebration," 9 Nov. 2020 The system is also meant to build higher tolerance levels for exercises that can increase strength. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Bryson DeChambeau’s Golf Revolution Turns Toward the Masters," 9 Nov. 2020 Patchett believes literature and book sellers are fundamental to a functioning society as a means of fostering community and tolerance. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Art of Élan integrates art and music as it explores transformation," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of tolerance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tolerance was in the 15th century

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18 Nov 2020

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“Tolerance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tolerance. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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tolerance

noun
How to pronounce tolerance (audio)

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
medical : 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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