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
Recent Examples on the Web Some producers and consumers adamantly oppose any additions, while others are more tolerant of minimal use. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "France Defines Natural Wine, but Is That Enough?," 16 Apr. 2020 Eggplant, okra, peppers and tomatoes are tolerant of the heat and can be planted now. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: It’s almost time to fertilize your lawn, and here’s how," 9 Apr. 2020 Next came the big test: can these heat-tolerant algae benefit corals? Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Lab-grown algae might help save corals from climate change," 15 May 2020 The idea of fault-tolerant quantum computing may posit ways to vent heat from quantum computers and can channel it into energy-producing heat engines. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Quantum Steampunk Is a Real, Retrofuturistic Field of Physics," 21 Apr. 2020 Let shade-tolerant herbs like chervil grow wild along the edges. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "How to Grow the Right Edible Garden for Every Space," 14 Apr. 2020 For example, some seeds are modified to include insect-resistant or herbicide-tolerant traits, reducing the amount of pesticide spraying needed in fields. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Arizona is in the corn business with opening of Bayer's high-tech greenhouse near Tucson," 9 Mar. 2020 The stock is not low-risk, but risk-tolerant long-term investors may want to take a closer look at it. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Are you ready for retirement, plus this week’s trivia," 9 Feb. 2020 But from an economic standpoint, London says a more risk-tolerant approach makes sense. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "At Astra, failure is an option," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of tolerant

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tolerant was in 1776

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2 Jun 2020

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“Tolerant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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 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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