from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Inclined to tolerate the beliefs, practices, or traits of others; forbearing. See Synonyms at broad-minded.
- adj. Able to withstand or endure an adverse environmental condition: plants tolerant of extreme heat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. tending to permit, allow, understand, or accept something
- adj. tending to withstand or survive
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inclined to tolerate; favoring toleration; forbearing; indulgent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inclined or disposed to tolerate; favoring toleration; forbearing; enduring.
- In medicine, able to receive or endure without effect, or without pernicious effect.
- n. One who tolerates; especially, one who is free from bigotry; a tolerationist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. showing respect for the rights or opinions or practices of others
- adj. tolerant and forgiving under provocation
- adj. able to tolerate environmental conditions or physiological stress
- adj. showing or characterized by broad-mindedness
- adj. showing the capacity for endurance
Holdsworthy was an enthusiast over flowers, and a half lunatic over raising prize poultry; and these engrossing madnesses were a source of perpetual joy to Daylight, who looked on in tolerant good humor.
Being tolerant is of course nice, but in my reading of literary biographies, most great writers are anything but, aside from the tolerance they show in their work for the human frailties we all share.
Or should we remain tolerant ourselves and try to set an example for these people by doing the live-and-let-live thing as long as they don't drag the "bad" discussions into forums where they don't belong?
After all, "more tolerant" is not the same as tolerant.
To suggest that they are tolerant is to suggest that they just get on because they have to.
One way to be tolerant is to have personal, specific opinions while allowing for the possibility that you might be mistaken.
Of interest, the most tolerant is Buddhist, and the most intolerant is Catholicism.
To be tolerant is to have a bit of give, to tolerate, to endure that which you'd prefer not to.
I'm easy going and tolerant too (although I dislike the word tolerant) but I would definitely not agree that I am liberal.
This other bankrupt businessman brags that he's a tolerant Republican - a code word for gay-friendly.
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