- the act or an instance of tolerating
- tolerance; esp., freedom to hold religious views that differ from the established ones
Origin: Fr tolération from Classical Latin toleratio
- tolerationist noun
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- Tolerance with respect to the actions and beliefs of others: “Toleration . . . is the greatest gift of the mind” (Helen Keller).
- Official recognition of the rights of individuals and groups to hold dissenting opinions, especially on religion.