tolerant

adjective
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

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These heat-tolerant Mexican heirlooms are fast growers. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "16 Types of Squash and Everything You Need to Know About Them," 28 Dec. 2018 The founders of the country were not particularly tolerant on the issue of patriotism. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 Fast-breeding pests that are tolerant of pollutants, like flies and cockroaches, will likely fill the vacancies left behind and continue to thrive due to warmer global temperatures and the disappearance of their slow-to-breed predators. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Staggering Worldwide Decline of Insects Is a Warning of Ecosystem Collapse," 13 Feb. 2019 Indonesia has long been seen as a comparatively tolerant Muslim-majority society. Ben Otto, WSJ, "With Fatwas and Blasphemy Claims, Cleric Emerges as a Force in Indonesia," 23 Jan. 2019 Amsterdam is tolerant but not completely unshockable, liberal but not without limits. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Russian law enforcement strived to present a tolerant image during the World Cup, but police have already shown less tolerance against protesters since the tournament ended. Tales Azzoni, The Seattle Times, "Organizers claim 170 people tried to run on field at WCup," 25 Sep. 2018 In 3,000 total simulations, a socially intolerant person on our measure is more supportive of autocratic alternatives than a socially tolerant person 100 percent of the time. Nicholas T. Davis And Steven Miller, Vox, "Racism and authoritarianism go hand in hand," 2 July 2018 In other words, America’s tolerant pluralism must be replaced by a fear-mongering populism that supports the rights of the few against those who look different. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "U.S. withdrawal from U.N. Human Rights Council reflects Trump hypocrisy | Trudy Rubin," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of tolerant

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tolerant

adjective

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.

tolerant

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

Kids Definition of tolerant

: showing tolerance

Other Words from tolerant

tolerantly adverb

tolerant

adjective
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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