Definitions for: Tolerance


[n] the act of tolerating something
[n] a permissible difference; allowing freedom to move within limits
[n] a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior
[n] the power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions
[n] willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others



Webster (1913) Definition: Tol"er*ance, n.
1. (Forestry) Capability of growth in more or less shade.

2. Allowed amount of variation from the standard or from
exact conformity to the specified dimensions, weight,
etc., as in various mechanical operations; specif.:
(Coinage) The amount which coins, either singly or in
lots, are legally allowed to vary above or below the
standard of weight or fineness.


Tol"er*ance, n. [L. tolerantia: cf. F.
tol['e]rance.]
1. The power or capacity of enduring; the act of enduring;
endurance.

Diogenes, one frosty morning, came into the market
place, shaking, to show his tolerance. --Bacon.

2. The endurance of the presence or actions of objectionable
persons, or of the expression of offensive opinions;
toleration.

3. (Med.) The power possessed or acquired by some persons of
bearing doses of medicine which in ordinary cases would
prove injurious or fatal.

Tolerance of the mint. (Coinage) Same as {Remedy of the
mint}. See under Remedy.

Synonyms: allowance, leeway, margin, permissiveness

Antonyms: intolerance, unpermissiveness

See Also: acceptance, allowance, attitude, broad-mindedness, capacity, disagreement, discrepancy, disinterest, disposition, divergence, endurance, indulgence, lenience, lenience, leniency, leniency, liberality, liberalness, mental attitude, neutrality, overtolerance, sufferance, temperament, toleration, variance

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