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Definition of "tolerant" []

  • Inclined to tolerate the beliefs, practices, or traits of others; forbearing. See Synonyms at broad-minded. (adjective)
  • Able to withstand or endure an adverse environmental condition: plants tolerant of extreme heat. (adjective)

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 "tolerant" in a sentence
  • "Holdsworthy was an enthusiast over flowers, and a half lunatic over raising prize poultry; and these engrossing madnesses were a source of perpetual joy to Daylight, who looked on in tolerant good humor."
  • "Being tolerant is of course nice, but in my reading of literary biographies, most great writers are anything but, aside from the tolerance they show in their work for the human frailties we all share."
  • "Or should we remain tolerant ourselves and try to set an example for these people by doing the live-and-let-live thing as long as they don't drag the "bad" discussions into forums where they don't belong?"