Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Inclined to tolerate the beliefs or behavior of others; forbearing.
  • adjective Able to withstand or endure an adverse environmental condition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Inclined or disposed to tolerate; favoring toleration; forbearing; enduring.
  • In medicine, able to receive or endure without effect, or without pernicious effect.
  • noun One who tolerates; especially, one who is free from bigotry; a tolerationist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Inclined to tolerate; favoring toleration; forbearing; indulgent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective tending to permit, allow, understand, or accept something
  • adjective tending to withstand or survive

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective showing respect for the rights or opinions or practices of others
  • adjective tolerant and forgiving under provocation
  • adjective able to tolerate environmental conditions or physiological stress
  • adjective showing or characterized by broad-mindedness
  • adjective showing the capacity for endurance

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French tolérant, from Latin tolerāns, present participle of tolerāre, to bear; see tolerate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French tolerant, from Latin tolerans, present participle of Latin tolerō ("endure").

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