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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On top of that, some people might be less tolerant of heat than others. Anna Borges, SELF, "7 Tips for Anyone Who Gets Depressed in the Summer," 21 June 2019 Strive to be tolerant of other people's errors and faults. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 20, 2019: Happy birthday Nicole Kidman; Taurus, stick to a wise budget," 20 June 2019 Not necessarily, because being religious often entails being tolerant. Abiya Ahmed, The Mercury News, "Opinion: We must not forget value of religious people in society," 16 June 2019 Pelicans are also quite tolerant of humans, often hanging out on piers or boat docks to steal a fisherman’s bait. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pelican odd by design, graceful in flight," 13 June 2019 And as my volleys of verbal abuse against Siri the other day proved, the product is still disturbingly tolerant of insults. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "Alexa, are you making me sexist?," 12 June 2019 Over the course of multiple movies, Hobbs and Shaw evolved from nemeses to begrudgingly tolerant colleagues, becoming fan favorites in the process. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba gear up for Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw," 27 June 2019 Examples include cross-breeding corals between populations; altering coral genes to give them new functions, such as higher heat tolerance; and moving stress-tolerant corals or coral genes to new locations. Cody Clements, The Conversation, "Biodiversity helps coral reefs thrive – and could be part of strategies to save them," 25 June 2019 When selecting coleus, ask for the sun-tolerant types for the open areas. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Red blooms turn out to be blood lilies," 22 June 2019

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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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