Definition of tolerance in English:

tolerance

noun

  • 1The ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.

    ‘the tolerance of corruption’
    ‘an advocate of religious tolerance’
    • ‘London's character, its liberality, religious tolerance and diversity, is the very thing that makes it vulnerable.’
    • ‘We are fortunate to experience good religious tolerance in our town, but sadly, your report is more likely to hinder than assist our efforts.’
    • ‘Racial and religious tolerance is critical for a peacefully existence.’
    • ‘Both were advocates of religious tolerance and antagonists of untouchability.’
    • ‘The basic premise of liberality is tolerance, open-mindedness, and diversity.’
    • ‘Surveys of public opinion suggest widespread tolerance of legal abortion.’
    • ‘What they may or may not understand is that there is probably a limit to public opinion's tolerance of what's going on.’
    • ‘Little did I understand that by trying to educate my colleagues about the need for religious tolerance, I was encouraging them to suspect me.’
    • ‘Both loved freedom, both were deeply moral beings, and both were passionately committed to social and religious tolerance.’
    • ‘I want a world where the cardinal virtue is tolerance of all behaviour, and where those who sin against this are demonised and expelled from polite society.’
    • ‘He wants a modernist, liberal Pakistan in which there is religious tolerance and respect for the law.’
    • ‘Seemingly there is a long path ahead to ensure peace when sport is used as a weapon by those who care not a whit for political harmony or religious tolerance.’
    • ‘Good things automatically meet with approval; bad things test our ability to show tolerance.’
    • ‘One of the central tenets of a liberal agenda is to enshrine the principle of religious tolerance, and religious non-discrimination.’
    • ‘The Christian Right are critical of secular humanism and liberal tolerance in religious matters.’
    • ‘A unique and redeeming feature of Hinduism through the ages has been tolerance, a certain willingness to live and let live.’
    • ‘But there is a third position, beyond religious fundamentalism and liberal tolerance.’
    • ‘What are Europe's limits of tolerance and willingness to accommodate diversity?’
    • ‘This would be the blueprint for all schooling: I'd promote anti-racism and religious tolerance so pupils knew what it was.’
    • ‘He is likely to have little tolerance for those who disagree with his plans and desires.’
    forbearance, toleration, sufferance, liberality, open-mindedness, lack of prejudice, lack of bias, broad-mindedness, liberalism
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    1. 1.1 The capacity to endure continued subjection to something, especially a drug, transplant, antigen, or environmental conditions, without adverse reaction.
      ‘the desert camel shows the greatest tolerance to dehydration’
      ‘species were grouped according to pollution tolerance’
      ‘various species of diatoms display different tolerances to acid’
      • ‘Winter rye is usually used as a winter cover crop because of its tolerance to adverse growing environments.’
      • ‘For him, understanding the individualistic environmental tolerances and characteristics of species in nature was a fundamental part of any botanical inquiry.’
      • ‘The study of modern ecology and environmental tolerances of plant communities and plant species enables ecologists and biogeographers to determine how far climate can influence geographical distribution.’
      • ‘In general, it is thought that tiger beetle larvae have narrower tolerances for physical environmental factors than adults do.’
      • ‘Plants for the lowest zone are selected for their tolerance to wet conditions.’
      • ‘Many native species however, exhibit a characteristically wide range of ecological tolerances and their distributions reflect this.’
      • ‘Asparagus has a high tolerance for conditions such as salt and sandy soil, thus making it a vegetable that is grown all over the world.’
      • ‘The article also emphasizes how little is still known about the species make-up of such intricate ecosystems and the relative tolerances of these plants to the seasonally varied environment in which they thrive.’
      • ‘Because the plants were at the base of the major terrestrial radiation, they evolved increasing tolerances to demanding physical conditions and expanded the extent of the vegetated land surface.’
      • ‘A possible explanation of this difference is that the habitats of these species have different salinities and so the organisms may show markedly different salt tolerances.’
      • ‘Prior exposure to heat-shock temperatures has been shown to increase the tolerance of sensitive tissue to subsequent chilling.’
      • ‘Experiments have shown that several species of coccolithophores have different light tolerances, in terms of the level at which photosynthesis, growth rate and calcification are saturated.’
      • ‘The difference among species may be caused by different tolerances for harsh conditions.’
      • ‘Different individuals seem to have wildly different tolerances of low temperatures.’
      • ‘Drying rates also affect the desiccation tolerance of somatic embryos and immature zygotic embryos or seeds.’
      • ‘Most patients develop a tolerance for opioid side effects with the exception of constipation.’
      • ‘This grain is grown in arid and semiarid regions of the world due to its unusual tolerance to adverse environments.’
      • ‘Great attention has been paid to the salt tolerance of halophytes at different seedling stages.’
      • ‘The dehydration tolerances of desert tortoises are also exceptional.’
      • ‘The glasshouse experiment aimed to rank the cultivars according to their dehydration tolerance.’
      endurance of, acceptance of
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    2. 1.2 Diminution in the body's response to a drug after continued use.
      • ‘After a while, the smoker develops a tolerance to the drug, which leads to an increase in smoking.’
      • ‘Take a five-day break from capsules or liquid every one to two weeks to prevent your body from developing a tolerance to the herb.’
      • ‘Users build up a tremendous tolerance to the drug and it is very expensive, so it can lead to crime if someone gets a serious habit.’
      • ‘The coroner concluded that his tolerance to the drug had probably fluctuated which meant his body could not cope with it.’
      • ‘Users who have recently left prison are most at risk, as their tolerance to drugs has been lost while inside.’
      • ‘People are warned not to use a particular drug as a continued remedy for ill health because a tolerance and allergy can develop.’
      • ‘The only set-back is that Mrs Lee is developing a tolerance to the medication and she has to keep increasing her doses.’
      • ‘Regular use over a long time results in an increased tolerance to the drug so that larger doses are needed to achieve the same effect.’
      • ‘Doctors put me on meds but as soon as they start to work I have to switch again because I've built up a tolerance to them.’
      • ‘The decrease in lean body mass associated with aging results in decreased tolerance to alcohol.’
      • ‘You can't build up a tolerance to any asthma or allergy medications.’
      • ‘You may have a problem if you have developed a tolerance to drugs or alcohol.’
      • ‘But many studies report that regular consumers of caffeine develop a tolerance to it.’
      • ‘This may be due to increasing tolerance to the drug over time.’
      • ‘Some patients who respond well initially develop tolerance to the injections.’
      • ‘Initially, a drug abuser is prescribed slowly increasing amounts of methadone to increase tolerance to the drug.’
      • ‘Subjects tend to develop a higher tolerance to drugs that are self-administered.’
      • ‘New users may include women genetically or otherwise predisposed to venous thrombosis, whereas long term users have shown tolerance to the drug.’
      • ‘The fact that our body can develop a tolerance to alcohol complicates how we judge alcohol's affect on our bodies.’
      • ‘He found also that the applicant had a good tolerance to alcohol.’
  • 2An allowable amount of variation of a specified quantity, especially in the dimensions of a machine or part.

    ‘250 parts in his cars were made to tolerances of one thousandth of an inch’
    • ‘The machines can operate with tight tolerances at speeds of 500 parts per minute.’
    • ‘However, provided these fittings are machined to fine tolerances and shaped appropriately, a high-pressure seal can be maintained.’
    • ‘Manufacturing tolerances (being subject to the whim of the manufacturer, the machinist, wear and tear on the revolver and maybe even the tide) have a tendency to vary quite a bit.’
    • ‘Engineers sometimes must face the challenges of designing plastic parts that require machining because of their low quantities, close tolerances, or unusual shapes.’
    • ‘Extremely tight tolerances and uniform distribution means using less material than with other fillers.’
    • ‘I would inspect each individual unit to ensure it was within the allowable dimensional tolerances, using a tape measure, and the surface finish by visual inspection.’
    • ‘Different manufacturers also used different tolerances, meaning parts often did not fit together when assembled in the field.’
    • ‘All manufacturing tools and processes must constantly be improved and reinvented to address shrinking dimensions and tighter tolerances.’
    • ‘The intermediate arm is finished to a tolerance of 0.008 mm, and the cams controlling the eccentric shaft are machined to tolerances of a few hundredths of a millimeter.’
    • ‘In modern engines, which are produced to much finer tolerances, the amount of metal worn off is minimal.’
    • ‘I understand that you are endeavouring to construct your moulds to achieve tighter tolerances.’
    • ‘Parts can be machined to extremely close tolerances.’
    • ‘To maximize performance without excessively tight tolerances on dimensions, design a carefully optimized number of mechanical adjustments into the instrument.’
    • ‘Designed for earthmoving with tight tolerances, it can provide accuracy within 6 mm.’
    • ‘Machining this tough hardened steel is more time-consuming and difficult, but it allows parts to be machined to very tight tolerances.’
    • ‘Being the perfectionist that he is, everything is machined to the tightest tolerances and his finishing work is impeccable.’
    • ‘Machining tolerances are held to a minimum throughout each step of production.’
    • ‘This is what worries me about reels that are machined with fine tolerances.’
    • ‘Those selecting the material should note that stock sizes and tolerances vary among the different plastics.’
    • ‘Harder than wrought iron, but with less carbon than true steel, mild steel was made in industrial-sized batches, and although it was easier to machine with close tolerances, it was harder for blacksmiths to forge and weld.’
    deviation, fluctuation, variation, allowance, play, clearance, leeway
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Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the action of bearing hardship, or the ability to bear pain and hardship): via Old French from Latin tolerantia, from tolerare (see tolerate).

Pronunciation:

tolerance

/ˈtäl(ə)rəns/