An example of tolerance is Muslims, Christians and Athiests being friends.
- a tolerating or being tolerant, esp. of views, beliefs, practices, etc. of others that differ from one's own
- freedom from bigotry or prejudice
- an allowable deviation from a standard or from the theoretical ideal, esp. in the manufacture or assembly of components; specif.,
- the amount that coins are legally allowed to vary from a standard of weight, fineness, etc.
- the difference between the allowable maximum and minimum sizes of a part or fitting
- the ability to endure
- Med. the natural or developed ability to resist the effects of the continued or increasing use of a drug, etc.
Origin of toleranceMiddle English tolleraunce ; from Middle French tolerance ; from Classical Latin tolerantia
- The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others.
- a. Leeway for variation from a standard.b. The permissible deviation from a specified value of a structural dimension, often expressed as a percent.
- The capacity to endure hardship or pain.
- a. Physiological resistance to a toxin.b. Diminution in the physiological response to a drug that occurs after continued use, necessitating larger doses to produce a given response.
- a. Acceptance of a tissue graft or transplant without immunological rejection.b. Unresponsiveness to an antigen that normally produces an immunologic reaction.
- The ability of an organism to resist or survive infection by a parasitic or pathogenic organism.
(countable and uncountable, plural tolerances)
- (uncountable) The ability or practice of tolerating; an acceptance or patience with the beliefs, opinions or practices of others; a lack of bigotry. [from 18th c.]
- (uncountable) The ability of the body (other organism) to resist the action of a poison, to cope with a dangerous drug or to survive infection by an organism. [from 19th c.]
- (countable) The variation or deviation from a standard, especially the maximum permitted variation in an engineering measurement. [from 20th c.]
- (uncountable) The ability of the body to accept a tissue graft without rejection. [from 20th c.]