Definition of tolerant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɒl(ə)r(ə)nt/


1Showing willingness to allow the existence of opinions or behaviour that one does not necessarily agree with: we must be tolerant of others a more tolerant attitude towards other religions
More example sentences
  • It is high time that we became less tolerant of such unlawful behaviour.
  • Cecil was a staunch Protestant but, like the king, took a relatively tolerant attitude towards Catholics.
  • It wasn't until the 1990s that there was a more tolerant attitude towards folk art in Finland.
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
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.



Pronunciation: /ˈtɒl(ə)rəntli/
sense 1.
Example sentences
  • 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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