tolerance

noun
tol·​er·​ance | \ˈtä-lə-rən(t)s, 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for tolerance

Synonyms

forbearance, long-suffering, patience, sufferance

Antonyms

impatience

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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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It’s hard to beat the price, but for content with commercials, Vudu’s appeal depends on your tolerance for interruptions. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Is Netflix best bet for cord-cutters or should you consider Amazon, Hulu or Vudu?," 13 July 2018 Though there are oils that are less likely to irritate, like marula and argan, your unique genetic skin makeup will determine your oil tolerance. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 The criteria for the plants started with their drought-tolerance, low maintenance and adaptability to the coastal climate. Martina Schimitschek, sandiegouniontribune.com, "At Scripps, a seascape landscape," 5 July 2018 Hanging out with Johnny Depp sounds like either a horror show or absolutely amazing, depending on your tolerance for – well, for anything and everything: drugs, wine, hubris and self-delusion. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Johnny Depp's interview with Rolling Stone is outrageous, depressing," 22 June 2018 His tolerance for dissent within his own party has reached zero. The Economist, "Turkey’s President Erdogan may yet be defeated," 21 June 2018 Yet for all of their history of tolerance and agitation for the Union’s side in the war, their heritage as a stop on the Underground Railroad, the town of Gilead is not going to be ready for Jack Boughton to bring home his black family. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "What two fictional Gileads can teach us about America in 2018," 12 July 2018 Conservatives and religious groups pounced on the senator, saying her comment reflected a lack of religious tolerance. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Amy Coney Barrett is the favorite of social conservatives, but Democrats are already taking aim," 9 July 2018 Running for the French presidency against the far-right Marine Le Pen, he was widely seen as the candidate of multicultural tolerance. James Mcauley And Luisa Beck, Washington Post, "Merkel and Macron defend a diminished vision of European values," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of tolerance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

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 \

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 \

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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