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 All this made Cromwell a hero in the eyes of later Protestant Nonconformists, who admired him for his hostility to an episcopal church and for his championing of religious toleration. Keith Thomas, The New York Review of Books, 8 June 2022 This limited toleration, despite second-class status, was quite generous for its time. Mustafa Akyol, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Catholic France followed suit when Louis XIV ended the policy of toleration toward its Protestant minority, sending hundreds of thousands into exile. Joseph Loconte, National Review, 2 Apr. 2022 Convinced of and indebted to principles of toleration, Jews had been America’s most loyal liberal voters. Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Evangelical Christians in Russia experience what amounts to conditional toleration. Dominic Pino, National Review, 25 Feb. 2022 In such a nation, sophisticated intellectual inquiry has been abandoned for the false consolation of simplistic thinking, and toleration of difference has given way to conformity and the rage of the mob. Boze Herrington, The Week, 27 Jan. 2022 Even worse, the judgment about what language or opinions stand beyond the limits of toleration will be outsourced to activists with their own agendas. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 27 July 2021 The Taliban might agree to, say, ruling with at least a modicum of toleration and forbearance, keeping a lid on anti-American extremists, ending reprisals against government workers, allowing the few Americans left to evacuate, and so on. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of toleration

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 Jun 2022

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“Toleration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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