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 And there is no grass in Texas that is more shade-tolerant than St. Augustine. Neil Sperry,, "Neil Sperry: Liriope can suddenly succumb to rot," 25 June 2020 And while some customers may miss seeing their favorite dish on the menu, others may be happy with — or at least tolerant of — the changes. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Restaurant menus are getting smaller. Here's what some big chains are dropping," 23 June 2020 The lot features a yard with drought-tolerant landscaping and a saltwater pool, a pergola, and a grill island, and comes with access to a private beach club and marina. TheWeek, "6 beautiful homes in Fort Lauderdale," 20 June 2020 Underneath the palms are soft leaf yucca, which are shade tolerant as the palms grow. Nicole Villalpando, USA TODAY, "Austinites’ backyard oasis became ‘godsend’ during coronavirus," 19 June 2020 With the possible exception of Capitol Hill, there is no place more tolerant of Boomers than academia. Anne Fadiman, Wired, "Screen Share: A College Teacher’s Zoom Journal," 17 June 2020 Make progress without making waves by being tolerant of other people's opinions. oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 15, 2020: Happy birthday Jim Belushi; Capricorn, dig in your heels," 15 June 2020 Outside, layers of succulents and other drought-tolerant plantings create a backdrop for patios, decking and an infinity-edge pool. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Modernist Hiram Kwan residence in Los Feliz fetches top dollar," 5 June 2020 Our mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow, and that includes inspiring them to be tolerant, inclusive and kind. James Hibberd,, "Lego pulls ads for cop-related toys in wake of George Floyd's death," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of tolerant

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tolerant was in 1776

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28 Jun 2020

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“Tolerant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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