Definition of tolerant in English:

tolerant

adjective

  • 1Showing willingness to allow the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.

    ‘we must be tolerant of others’
    ‘a more tolerant attitude toward other religions’
    • ‘Cecil was a staunch Protestant but, like the king, took a relatively tolerant attitude towards Catholics.’
    • ‘Some people argue that we are more tolerant of violence on television than we are of sex.’
    • ‘Is society as a result becoming more punitive and less tolerant of crime?’
    • ‘Perhaps unsurprisingly, it seems older people are less tolerant of shoddy service than younger people.’
    • ‘Each breakthrough will lead the way toward a new culture that is less tolerant of corruption.’
    • ‘He says if he's learned anything from the events of the last seven years it's to be more tolerant of people, to judge less.’
    • ‘I wasn't terribly tolerant of differing opinions, but then I was even less tolerant of myself.’
    • ‘Bulgarians are tolerant of other religions but are ardent supporters of Orthodoxy.’
    • ‘It is high time that we became less tolerant of such unlawful behaviour.’
    • ‘We have grown so tolerant of loud debate that any opinion short of violence is a reasoned one.’
    • ‘So, we have the prospect of a government with a smaller majority and facing voters who are less likely to be tolerant of economic pain.’
    • ‘Of course, he became more tolerant of American ways the longer he remained there.’
    • ‘As social attitudes have become more tolerant, the legal approach towards cohabitants has also softened.’
    • ‘Surely, in an ideal world, all the religious would be secularists and all the atheists would be tolerant of the religious?’
    • ‘While we are tolerant of the ideas of persons visiting our church this does not mean our church accepts or promotes these ideas.’
    • ‘We recognize that other people see things differently, and we are tolerant of their views.’
    • ‘It wasn't until the 1990s that there was a more tolerant attitude towards folk art in Finland.’
    • ‘Why do we continue to be so tolerant of people who advocate opinions which they cannot possibly justify?’
    • ‘Throw in the famously tolerant Dutch attitudes and you've got a place that rewards visit after visit.’
    • ‘Through informal activity sessions they learn how to be tolerant of other religions and races.’
    open-minded, forbearing, liberal, unprejudiced, unbiased, unbigoted
    broad-minded, catholic, patient, long-suffering, magnanimous, sympathetic, understanding, charitable, lenient, indulgent, permissive, free and easy, easy-going, complaisant, lax
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  • 2(of a plant, animal, or machine) able to endure (specified conditions or treatment)

    ‘rye is reasonably tolerant of drought’
    [in combination] ‘fault-tolerant computer systems’
    • ‘Soybean plants are shown to be very tolerant of excess water and anaerobiosis.’
    • ‘The coleoptiles of several rice cultivars are very tolerant to anoxia.’
    • ‘From these data it is concluded that P. chilensis is more tolerant to acute heat stress than soybean.’
    • ‘The aim of the research reported in this paper was to investigate the metabolic responses in tissues tolerant of anoxia.’
    • ‘They, too, need well-drained soil to perform well, and while tolerant of a bit of shade, prefer to bask in the sun.’
    • ‘The ability of plants to recover after relief from stress is also an important characteristic of tolerant plants.’
    • ‘There is a continuing search for crops tolerant of harsh environments.’
    • ‘Apart from the yuzu, the tree is more tolerant of cold than any other tree citrus.’
    • ‘Although all plants can be affected by high levels of heavy metals, some species are quite tolerant to lower amounts.’
    • ‘To help achieve this end it would thus be useful for breeders if a related species more tolerant of a range of soil types could be found.’
    • ‘Rice plants are less tolerant of submergence at the early growth stages.’
    • ‘Plants which are tolerant to flooding need to survive or grow during the stress but also to recover after the stress is removed.’
    • ‘Although all rice types are damaged by complete submergence, some unusually tolerant cultivars are known.’
    • ‘Older seedlings with higher levels of carbohydrates were more tolerant of submergence than younger plants.’
    • ‘A very easy orchid to grow and one that is tolerant of cool conditions, this is highly recommended for orchid novices.’
    • ‘Some plant species are tolerant of edaphic factors in serpentine soils.’
    • ‘Some crops are more tolerant of salt, and can maintain their yield well under saline conditions.’
    • ‘Transgenic tobacco plants bearing this chimeric gene were found to be tolerant to glufosinate treatment.’
    • ‘Nitrogen fixation was also much more tolerant of salinity in this selection than in the other genotypes studied.’
    • ‘This phenomenon was considered as a mechanism of biochemical adaptation of plants tolerant to anoxia.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French tolérant, present participle of tolérer, from Latin tolerare (see tolerate). Compare with earlier intolerant.

Pronunciation:

tolerant

/ˈtäl(ə)rənt/