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)

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 For starters, plant bolt-resistant or heat-tolerant types of lettuce, such as butterhead varieties or romaine cultivars like 'Sparx' and 'Salvius'. Start your lettuce outdoors early in the spring. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 May 2022 Planting salt-tolerant superfoods in the desert, building indoor vertical farms and smart greenhouses in the Dubai desert are just some of the UAE’s efforts to boost local production. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 2 May 2022 Crawford’s wife, Jenny, of Branch Out Landscape Design, also in Carlsbad, added drought-tolerant plants to complement the house and deck, including red bougainvillea, plumeria, lomandra, asparagus foxtail ferns, agaves and pittosporum crassifolium. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 Drought-tolerant trees must also be planted and maintained within the buffer zone. Tony Briscoestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Drought-tolerant plants, such as vining, semi-succulent hoyas, can be placed on tall shelves that may be difficult to reach for watering, Cox says. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 Designing products to have overlapping parts and lowering the number of SKUs are other approaches to make supply chains fault-tolerant. Cyrus Hadavi, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 All are drought-tolerant, which Lodato and Killoren said was important given the historic 22-year drought in Arizona, a dry period exacerbated by climate change. Zayna Syed, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2022 Which is why Mudawar’s heat-tolerant charging cable may matter. Gregory Barber, Wired, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tolerant

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tolerant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for tolerant


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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