tol·​er·​ant | \ ˈtä-lə-rənt How to pronounce tolerant (audio) , ˈtäl-rənt \

Definition of tolerant

1 : inclined to tolerate especially : marked by forbearance or endurance tolerant parents a culture tolerant of religious differences
2 : exhibiting tolerance (as for a drug or an environmental factor)

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Other Words from tolerant

tolerantly adverb

Examples of tolerant in a Sentence

this job requires a tolerant person who is used to dealing with complaints and angry customers a tolerant acceptance of the terrible way that his wife has always treated him
Recent Examples on the Web Among the gardens’ organic solutions: hugelkultur beds, composting, no-dig edible gardening permaculture and drought-tolerant plants. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "Airbnb for gardens is a thing. Rent an L.A. oasis to nap, do yoga, work, it’s up to you," 23 Feb. 2021 Big corporations, governments, and industries are already deeply invested in adaptation efforts: moving farmland to cooler regions, developing heat- and drought-tolerant crops, buying out homeowners in flood-prone areas. David Pogue, Fortune, "It’s time to think about climate adaptation," 21 Feb. 2021 And with the exception of hummingbird sage, all are very drought tolerant, able to make do with very little summer water. Earl Nickel,, "Native sages add beauty and fragrance to your fall garden," 13 Nov. 2020 Usually labeled incorrectly as ‘alata’ by garden centers and grocery stores, this hybrid is quick, tolerant, colorful, and often can be weedy. Dylan Sheng, Sunset Magazine, "7 Carnivorous Plants Anyone Can Grow Indoors," 14 Oct. 2020 Fuller, certainly, will go on to inspire a generation of girls to push themselves to follow in her footsteps and a generation of boys to be more tolerant and accepting. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "LeBron James, Naomi Osaka and Dak Prescott: 20 sports figures who made the world a better place in 2020," 18 Dec. 2020 All are incredibly drought tolerant and easy to grow. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "October chores for home gardeners," 3 Oct. 2020 Adapting to and thriving as a result of a forest fire are so much a part of nature, there’s a word for the plants that have evolved to become fire-tolerant. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, "Live from Mt. Wilson: A fashion show at the top of the world," 21 Jan. 2021 The ideal garden would offer a combination of drought-tolerant native plants and a few species that need a little more water, providing a feast of options for little guests and the bigger ones that will come to eat them. Daniel Rubinoff, Scientific American, "How the Suburbs Could Help Save Biodiversity," 17 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of tolerant

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Mar 2021

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“Tolerant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tolerant

: willing to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own
: able to allow or accept something that is harmful, unpleasant, etc.


tol·​er·​ant | \ ˈtä-lə-rənt How to pronounce tolerant (audio) \

Kids Definition of tolerant

: showing tolerance

Other Words from tolerant

tolerantly adverb


tol·​er·​ant | \ -rənt How to pronounce tolerant (audio) \

Medical Definition of tolerant

: exhibiting tolerance (as for a drug or physiological insult) lactose tolerant

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