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

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Cohen has made a lucrative career of this shtick, mocking ordinary Americans’ toleration of his eccentric and offensive behavior. Nate Hochman, National Review, "Sacha Baron Cohen’s Tired Elitist Shtick," 25 June 2019 Insatiable profit motives have led to the toleration of bigotry and the exploitation of users across major social media platforms. Alexander Heffner, WIRED, "Greed Is to Blame for the Radicalization of Social Media," 30 June 2019 In this way, the toleration adopted by the international system also began to filter into states themselves, eventually attaining the status of a norm in most Western countries. Yoram Hazony, WSJ, "The Liberty of Nations," 24 Aug. 2018 In their book How Democracies Die, Harvard political scientists Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky identify two core norms that keep democratic systems alive: Mutual toleration and forbearance. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "New Jersey Democrats have a new gerrymandering plan. It is indefensible — and national Democrats need to stop it.," 14 Dec. 2018 James’s accession to the throne gave Penn increased influence at court and the prospect of some success in his long crusade for freedom of conscience and toleration. Robert K. Landers, WSJ, "‘William Penn’ and ‘The Worlds of William Penn’ Review: A Trans-Atlantic ‘Holy Experiment’," 11 Jan. 2019 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

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1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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