Definition of tolerant in English:


Line breaks: tol¦er|ant
Pronunciation: /ˈtɒl(ə)r(ə)nt


  • 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
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    • Some plant species are tolerant of edaphic factors in serpentine soils.
    • Apart from the yuzu, the tree is more tolerant of cold than any other tree citrus.
    • Some crops are more tolerant of salt, and can maintain their yield well under saline conditions.



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  • Moreover, before toleration was consciously articulated as a doctrine, several regimes behaved more tolerantly in practice than some which came later, and which claimed to be founded on the principle.
  • Of course it is true that, while Hinduism as a faith might privilege tolerance, this does not necessarily mean that all Hindus behave tolerantly.
  • If York's adults want young people to behave thoughtfully, responsibly and tolerantly, perhaps we should begin to lead by example.


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

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