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Definition of "tolerance" []

  • The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others. (noun)
  • Leeway for variation from a standard. (noun)
  • The permissible deviation from a specified value of a structural dimension, often expressed as a percent. (noun)
  • The capacity to endure hardship or pain. (noun)
  • Medicine Physiological resistance to a poison. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tolerance" in a sentence
  • "As a country, we need more than the aloof indifference that the term tolerance connotes; if we are ever going to realign our so called "American Values," of religious freedom and justice with how we view and understand Islam."
  • "My pain tolerance is slightly lower than an infant's (Sage could beat me in whatever pain competition you care to think of)."
  • "The increase in tolerance is evidenced by the decreasing-dosage of artificially administered insulin."