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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Another draw is the perception that the authorities are more tolerant, particularly after considering the danger and expense likely to be involved in a journey to the United States. Melissa Vida, New York Times, "For Central Americans, Fleeing to Europe May Beat Trying to Reach U.S.," 9 June 2019 In communities that are tolerant, that invest in quality of life, that care about their environment, that provide recreational opportunities for them, a thriving downtown — everything Dane County has. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dane County is undergoing an economic boom, but its one-sided politics have huge consequences," 1 Feb. 2018 The Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery This lovely dry garden on a former fruit farm in Walnut Creek, California specializes in drought-tolerant plants. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "The Best Public Gardens in the West Will Make You Glad to Be Alive in 2019," 22 Jan. 2018 American society has been getting more tolerant for decades. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "The Media Wanted to Believe Jussie Smollett," 26 Feb. 2019 And the democratic world, over time, has gotten more stable, more wealthy, and more tolerant. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 These heat-tolerant Mexican heirlooms are fast growers. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "16 Types of Squash and Everything You Need to Know About Them," 28 Dec. 2018 The founders of the country were not particularly tolerant on the issue of patriotism. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 Fast-breeding pests that are tolerant of pollutants, like flies and cockroaches, will likely fill the vacancies left behind and continue to thrive due to warmer global temperatures and the disappearance of their slow-to-breed predators. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Staggering Worldwide Decline of Insects Is a Warning of Ecosystem Collapse," 13 Feb. 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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