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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 of tolerant
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 tolerantly
Historical Examples
  • "You must excuse," said Maraquita tolerantly, as a bevy of patriots surrounded Roland and kissed him on the cheek.

    A Man of Means P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill
  • "It's aye the old story with you," the Paymaster would say tolerantly.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • It meant, they smilingly said, "New England," and tolerantly passed it by.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • "It's a slip carriage," he said, smiling, tolerantly superior.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • "That is quite proper, too, considering their relations," said Clarence tolerantly.

  • He smiled at her tolerantly, handing up the lengthened strap.

    Judith of the Cumberlands Alice MacGowan
  • The man in middle life takes his adored one tolerantly, and keeps his reservations to himself.

  • "Well, you have to have discipline," Trigger said tolerantly.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • "Because she's not very well," answered Clementina, and she smiled, a little triumphantly as well as tolerantly.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • "Your poor mother was obstinate," commented the captain, regarding her tolerantly.

British Dictionary definitions for tolerantly

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 tolerantly

tolerant

adj.

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

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