zero tolerance

noun

Definition of zero tolerance

:a policy of giving the most severe punishment possible to every person who commits a crime or breaks a rule
  • The police announced that there will be zero tolerance for looters.
  • The camp has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy.

Word by Word Definitions

zero play
  1. : the arithmetical symbol 0 or 0̸ denoting the absence of all magnitude or quantity

  2. : additive identity

  3. : a value of an independent variable that makes a function equal to zero

  1. : of, relating to, or being a zero

  2. : having no magnitude or quantity : not any

  3. : having no phonetic manifestation

  1. : to determine or adjust the zero of

  2. : to concentrate firepower on the exact range of

  3. : to bring to bear on the exact range of a target

tolerance play
  1. : capacity to endure pain or hardship : endurance, fortitude, stamina

  2. : sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own

  3. : the act of allowing something : toleration


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