Definition of intolerance in English:


Line breaks: in|toler¦ance
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɒl(ə)r(ə)ns
, ɪnˈtɒl(ə)rəns/


[mass noun]
1Unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behaviour that differ from one’s own: a struggle against religious intolerance an intolerance of dissent
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  • These kinds of inappropriate statements only create more religious hatred, intolerance, discrimination and racism against Muslims.
  • But, how could this be done without revisiting the World War I experience of oppressive intolerance?
  • Only that link can effect the enormous changes needed and thwart the dark forces of intolerance that today threaten the fragile freedoms of the South.
1.1An inability to eat a food or take a drug without adverse effects: young children with lactose intolerance [count noun]: he may have a food intolerance to dairy products
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  • Fructose intolerance involves several non-specific symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain and tension, gas, excess belching, and diarrhea.
  • This insulin suppression testing was intended to identify the one third of the population who were most insulin resistant and most likely to develop glucose intolerance and cardiovascular disease.
  • Of these, how many have been seen by a gastroenterologist before being labelled, and how many have had lactose intolerance excluded?

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