tol·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌtä-lə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce toleration (audio) \

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

Examples of toleration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the agreement has replaced the Israeli–Palestinian peace process as a kind of philosopher’s stone that, according to the liberal imagination, transmutes ethno-sectarian animosity into peace and toleration. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 19 Dec. 2020 Disraeli destroyed Peel’s reforming government only to adopt his predecessor’s policies of free trade and religious toleration as prime minister. The Economist, 27 Mar. 2021 In the mid 1960s, the state even announced official toleration of those who celebrated Christmas as a religious holiday. Stephen Sholl, National Review, 25 Dec. 2020 That era of toleration coincided with one of the greatest expansions of Christianity in the past 2,000 years. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2020 What interested him was the acceptance of some of these basic ideas: toleration, human liberty. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2020 Revelations of Trump’s derogatory remarks about military service and all veterans living and dead should be the last straw in our toleration of his presidency. Star Tribune, 4 Sep. 2020 Washington was quick to add, though, that the U.S. Constitution goes beyond mere religious toleration and explicitly grants religious freedom and full citizenship to people of every creed. John Berlau, National Review, 13 Aug. 2020 Americans are accustomed, still, to discussing the notion of a woman in power in terms of toleration and palatability. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of toleration

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Toleration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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