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tolerant

[tol-er-uh nt] /ˈtɒl ər ənt/
adjective
1.
inclined or disposed to tolerate; showing tolerance; forbearing:
tolerant of errors.
2.
favoring toleration:
a tolerant church.
3.
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
1770-1780
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
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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

tolerant

/ˈtɒlərənt/
adjective
1.
able to tolerate the beliefs, actions, opinions, etc, of others
2.
permissive
3.
able to withstand extremes, as of heat and cold
4.
(med) (of a patient) exhibiting tolerance to a drug
Derived Forms
tolerantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tolerant
adj.

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
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