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.

Examples of zero tolerance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, the FIGC vowed to implement zero tolerance measures, but the abuse shows no sign of going away. Barbie Latza Nadeau, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 In a span of several months, peaking in the summer of 2018, the government separated some five thousand children from their parents as part of a deliberate policy called zero tolerance. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 28 Jan. 2024 Plus, Scott’s staff appears to have quelled the near-hysteria over squeegee guys with a plan that combined zero tolerance with purposeful outreach to the squeegee-wielding boys and young men who for years tried to make a few bucks from motorists at busy intersections. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 16 Jan. 2024 As responsible community partners, Family Dollar is committed to a culture of zero tolerance for alcohol sales violations. Eleanor McCrary, The Courier-Journal, 4 Jan. 2024 Some homes conducted regular drug tests and had zero tolerance. Jack Healy, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2023 The development adds to a number of scandals in the financial hub known for its zero tolerance for corruption. TIME, 20 Sep. 2023 The new communication features in iOS 17 are already eliciting strong reactions, including from our own Tech Friend, Shira Ovide, who has zero tolerance for voice mail of any kind. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2023 The government, on the other side, keeps their zero tolerance and zero empathy attitude, pushing the police to be aggressive and violence and consistently inciting against anyone who'll stand in their way. Time, 14 Aug. 2023 See More

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“Zero tolerance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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