Adjective "tolerant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Showing willingness to allow the existence of opinions or behaviour that one does not necessarily agree with.
  1. 'a more tolerant attitude towards other religions'
  2. 'As social attitudes have become more tolerant, the legal approach towards cohabitants has also softened.'
  3. 'Of course, he became more tolerant of American ways the longer he remained there.'
  4. 'We recognize that other people see things differently, and we are tolerant of their views.'
  5. 'Each breakthrough will lead the way toward a new culture that is less tolerant of corruption.'
  6. 'Some people argue that we are more tolerant of violence on television than we are of sex.'
  7. 'It wasn't until the 1990s that there was a more tolerant attitude towards folk art in Finland.'
  8. 'Surely, in an ideal world, all the religious would be secularists and all the atheists would be tolerant of the religious?'
  9. 'Cecil was a staunch Protestant but, like the king, took a relatively tolerant attitude towards Catholics.'
  10. 'Why do we continue to be so tolerant of people who advocate opinions which they cannot possibly justify?'
  11. 'Is society as a result becoming more punitive and less tolerant of crime?'
(of a plant, animal, or machine) able to endure specified conditions or treatment.
  1. in combination 'fault-tolerant computer systems'
  2. 'They, too, need well-drained soil to perform well, and while tolerant of a bit of shade, prefer to bask in the sun.'
  3. 'Plants which are tolerant to flooding need to survive or grow during the stress but also to recover after the stress is removed.'
  4. 'From these data it is concluded that P. chilensis is more tolerant to acute heat stress than soybean.'
  5. 'Although all plants can be affected by high levels of heavy metals, some species are quite tolerant to lower amounts.'
  6. 'Rice plants are less tolerant of submergence at the early growth stages.'
  7. 'Nitrogen fixation was also much more tolerant of salinity in this selection than in the other genotypes studied.'
  8. 'The aim of the research reported in this paper was to investigate the metabolic responses in tissues tolerant of anoxia.'
  9. 'Apart from the yuzu, the tree is more tolerant of cold than any other tree citrus.'
  10. 'Soybean plants are shown to be very tolerant of excess water and anaerobiosis.'
  11. 'There is a continuing search for crops tolerant of harsh environments.'


1. inclined or disposed to tolerate; showing tolerance; forbearing: tolerant of errors.

2. favoring toleration: a tolerant church.

3. Medicine/Medical, Immunology. able to endure or resist the action of a drug, poison, etc. lacking or exhibiting low levels of immune response to a normally immunogenic substance.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be tolerant of growths."

"people can be tolerant about messes."

"officers can be tolerant of things."

"youngs can be tolerant of salinitieses."

"unions can be tolerant with people."

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