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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In addition to this psychological reliance, people can develop a tolerance to and chemical dependence on benzodiazepines. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Lena Dunham Says She's 6 Months Sober After Years of 'Misusing' Her Anti-Anxiety Medication," 30 Oct. 2018 The report comes amidst newfound and recent misconduct allegations and seeming tolerance of misbehavior by prominent men in Silicon Valley, including at Google, Uber, Tesla, SpaceX, and elsewhere. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Over a decade, Google handsomely paid 3 men accused of misconduct, per report," 25 Oct. 2018 Their vitamin D levels, as well as two measurements for diabetes — fasting plasma glucose and oral glucose tolerance — were recorded. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "What Is Vitamin D Good For Anyway?," 19 Oct. 2018 But some studies show that even those with a poor tolerance for dairy can often digest one serving of yogurt daily. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Health Matters: Is a "detox diet" good or bad for your health?," 13 July 2018 The mayor, who has held plenty of high-profile news conferences in City Hall to decry President Trump’s zero tolerance on immigration, was nowhere to be found as police officers used bikes to push down beach umbrellas and other encampment equipment. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "Did Philly police just bike-doze Mayor Kenney's relationship with progressives?," 5 July 2018 All of this in-school drama stems from the principal's new no-tolerance policy, where students can be quickly suspended for any egregious behavior. refinery29.com, "The Affair," 2 July 2018 Lauren Jauregui is celebrating her birthday by asking fans to donate to The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading equality, tolerance and hope for the LGBTQ community worldwide. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Lauren Jauregui Celebrates Her Birthday by Supporting Inaugural Stonewall Day," 28 June 2018 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

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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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