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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Preserve the environment, treat your body well and the people around you well-er, chill out, be tolerant, don't tread on others, be compassionate, even to yourself. Devin Friedman, GQ, "The Hippies Were Right After All," 14 June 2018 Progressives see themselves as tolerant, open-minded, and eager to engage with critics. David French, National Review, "Does the Left Lose because It’s Too Civil?," 23 Jan. 2018 Both crops are cold-tolerant, which makes this a good combo to plant in late summer or early fall. Sunset, "Top 10 Cover Crops for Your Fall Garden," 22 Jan. 2018 Both crops are cold-tolerant, which makes this a good mixture to plant in late summer or early fall. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Planting Cover Crops For A Healthy Garden," 22 Aug. 2017 Trump and other members of his administration have criticized past presidents, including Clinton, for being too tolerant of North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Bill Clinton says 'I regret' missed chance to 'end' North Korea missile program," 7 June 2018 Some that are more tolerant of shade, however, include wax begonias, Dragon Wing begonias and flowering tobacco. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "At some point, mother of millions plant needs to start over," 1 June 2018 This annual fundraiser offers perennials and annuals for shade and sun, natives, shrubs, small fruits, herbs, drought-tolerant plants and some vegetable starts as houseplants well as garden art. Corey Sheldon,, "HG calendar April 28-May 6: plant sales galore," 27 Apr. 2018 If your goal is a drought-tolerant garden, planning ahead is a must. Sunset, "10 Fall Gardening Chores to Prep for Winter," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tolerant

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of tolerant

: showing tolerance

Other words from tolerant

tolerantly adverb


tol·er·ant | \ -rənt \

Medical Definition of tolerant 

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

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