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

  • n. Tolerance with respect to the actions and beliefs of others: "Toleration . . . is the greatest gift of the mind” ( Helen Keller).
  • n. Official recognition of the rights of individuals and groups to hold dissenting opinions, especially on religion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the tolerance of the beliefs or the culture of others
  • n. the official recognition of an individual's right to hold dissenting opinions, especially in religion
  • n. lenience or forbearance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of tolerating; the allowance of that which is not wholly approved.
  • n. Specifically, the allowance of religious opinions and modes of worship in a state when contrary to, or different from, those of the established church or belief.
  • n. Hence, freedom from bigotry and severity in judgment of the opinions or belief of others, especially in respect to religious matters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act. of sustaining or enduring; endurance.
  • n. The act of tolerating; allowance made for what is not wholly approved; forbearance.
  • n. Specifically, the recognition of the right of private judgment in matters of faith and worship; also, the liberty granted by the governing power of a state to every individual to hold or publicly teach and defend his religious opinions, and to worship whom, how, and when he pleases, provided that he does not thereby violate the rights of others or infringe laws designed for the protection of decency, morality, and good order, or for the security of the governing power; the effective recognition by the state of the right which every person has to enjoy the benefit of all the laws and of all social privileges without any regard to difference of religion.
  • n. A disposition to tolerate, or not to judge or deal harshly or rigorously in cases of differences of opinion, conduct, or the like; tolerance.
  • n. In medicine and physiology, same as tolerance, 3.
  • n. Same as tolerance, 4.
  • n. A license to gather oysters or operate oyster-beds. The fee is a toleration fee.
  • n. Synonyms See tolerance.

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

  • n. official recognition of the right of individuals to hold dissenting opinions (especially in religion)
  • n. a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations


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  • Probably because tolerance is so much nicer.

    October 21, 2008

  • No Wordies are tolerating toleration on their lists :(

    October 21, 2008