tolerant

adjective
tol·​er·​ant | \ ˈtä-lə-rənt , 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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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 The joke here has a point of view — about Cain-N’Degeocello’s wish to be as open and tolerant as possible and his anxieties about how to possibly do that. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America has nothing to say in the end," 24 Aug. 2018 Try ROC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Filler ($23) or Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer ($22) a few days a week at first and then use more frequently as your skin becomes more tolerant. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "How Your Skin Changes in Your 30s—and What You Can Do About It," 20 July 2018 Wapakoneta man Jim Bowsher built his Temple of Tolerance rock garden over the course of 18 years hoping to use artifacts from different cultures to encourage peace and tolerant attitudes. cleveland.com, "The most beautiful place in each of Ohio's 88 counties," 9 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of tolerant

: showing tolerance

Other Words from tolerant

tolerantly adverb

tolerant

adjective
tol·​er·​ant | \ -rənt \

Medical Definition of tolerant

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

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