tol·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌtä-lə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of toleration

1a : the act or practice of tolerating something
b : a government policy of permitting forms of religious belief and worship not officially established

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Casey Mattox, senior fellow for free speech and toleration at the libertarian Charles Koch Institute, told Fox News. Fox News, "Supreme Court decisions could curb campus censorship," 24 Aug. 2018 The rebuke comes two days after Haley announced the United States' resignation from the U.N. Human Rights Council over that body's perceived bias against Israel and toleration of human rights abusers. Jeff Stein,, "Haley: 'It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America'," 22 June 2018 Such doubts would counsel toleration for different ways of thinking. Yoram Hazony, WSJ, "The Dark Side of the Enlightenment," 6 Apr. 2018 But if this is not merely to replace one fever with another, there must also be an intellectual struggle to recover moderation and toleration, and a spiritual effort to find the peace no politics will ever provide. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "How Do We Cope With Trump?," 23 Feb. 2018 The three siblings squabble but also learn about toleration and facing serious situations together as a family. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Conflicting views of Holocaust stirs Jewish American family in play," 15 Feb. 2018 Today Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain offer variations on this muddled-middle theme, some of them formal coalitions, some looser toleration agreements. The Economist, "Dancing with dangerEurope’s populists are waltzing into the mainstream," 3 Feb. 2018 With Democrats becoming much more tolerant of Muslims, and Republican views remaining essentially unchanged, the result has been increased toleration of Muslims throughout the U.S. as a whole. Paul E. Peterson, WSJ, "Americans May Be More Tolerant of Muslims Than Ever," 14 Aug. 2017 It could be seen not just in their vices, but also their virtues—particularly a rather selective toleration. The Economist, "The stand," 4 Nov. 2017

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1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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