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.
Recent Examples of tolerance from the Web
An election for governor of Jakarta in April, meanwhile, has left many Indonesians fearful for their country’s tradition of religious tolerance.
The day before his departure on the morning of May 22, Trump delivered a speech, focused on the need for religious tolerance and unity against terrorism, to more than 50 Muslim leaders gathered from around the world for the occasion.
In the kitchen, people have an amazing tolerance for imprecision.
At the same time, a separate group of researchers is getting ready to conduct a national survey aimed at gauging the public’s tolerance for novel predator control technologies.
And if the patient goes back to using, there’s a higher risk of overdose because their tolerance has gone down.
For many, direct messaging plus zero tolerance equals the way forward.
At that time, families didn’t sit around a dinner table and talk about tolerance and acceptance.
His campus research focuses on the genetic makeup of rice varieties that control cold tolerance.
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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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