What word or phrase does your mother always say?


[tol-er-uh nt] /ˈtɒl ər ənt/
inclined or disposed to tolerate; showing tolerance; forbearing:
tolerant of errors.
favoring toleration:
a tolerant church.
Medicine/Medical, Immunology.
  1. able to endure or resist the action of a drug, poison, etc.
  2. lacking or exhibiting low levels of immune response to a normally immunogenic substance.
Origin of tolerant
1770-80; < Latin tolerant- (stem of tolerāns), present participle of tolerāre to bear. See tolerate, -ant
Related forms
tolerantly, adverb
nontolerant, adjective
nontolerantly, adverb
overtolerant, adjective
overtolerantly, adverb
quasi-tolerant, adjective
quasi-tolerantly, adverb
self-tolerant, adjective
self-tolerantly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for tolerant
  • He took time to find out what he thought and he had an open mind and a tolerant nature.
  • Yews often need shearing twice a season and are tolerant about mistakes.
  • Once the kingdom of a kind tolerant king was attacked by a bad intolerant king.
  • Meanwhile, as economic hardships deepen, even once fairly tolerant governments are lashing out.
  • In the understory, cacti are a dominant feature and are interspersed among other succulent and dry tolerant species.
  • Bonobos are more peaceful and tolerant and females rule.
  • Drought tolerant but blooms longer and better with more water.
  • The system should be tolerant of momentary hiccups with its connection.
  • He says the great rise in the divorce-rate over the past fifty years results from our becoming more tolerant of divorce socially.
  • Usually, trustees are tolerant of different styles as long as the agreed-upon goals are met and budgets are respected.
British Dictionary definitions for tolerant


able to tolerate the beliefs, actions, opinions, etc, of others
able to withstand extremes, as of heat and cold
(med) (of a patient) exhibiting tolerance to a drug
Derived Forms
tolerantly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for tolerant

1784, from Latin tolerantia "endurance," from tolerans, present participle of tolerare "to bear, endure, tolerate" (see toleration). Related: Tolerantly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for tolerant

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for tolerant

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with tolerant

Nearby words for tolerant