an act or instance of tolerating, especially of what is not actually approved; forbearance: to show toleration toward the protesters.
permission by law or government of the exercise of religions other than an established religion; noninterference in matters of private faith and worship.

1510–20; < Latin tolerātiōn- (stem of tolerātiō). See tolerate, -ion

tolerationism, noun
tolerationist, noun
nontoleration, noun
supertoleration, noun

1. See tolerance. Unabridged
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toleration (ˌtɒləˈreɪʃən)
1.  the act or practice of tolerating
2.  freedom to hold religious opinions that differ from the established or prescribed religion of a country

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Word Origin & History

1517, "permission granted by authority, license," from M.Fr. tolération (15c.), from L. tolerationem (nom. toleratio) "a bearing, supporting, enduring," from toleratus, pp. of tolerare "to tolerate, lit. "to bear" (see extol). Meaning "forbearance, sufferance" is from
1582. Religious sense is from Act of Toleration, statute granting freedom of religious worship (with conditions) to dissenting Protestants in England, 1689.
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Example sentences
Even today, many people are moved by his visionary message of universal toleration.
And thus toleration produced not only mutual indulgence, but even religious concord.
The rebel armies have grown up in his presence, and by his toleration.
Of course getting out of the closet increases their happiness and promotes toleration so maybe it is a virtuous circle.
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