Definition of Tolerance

1. Noun. The power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions.

Generic synonyms: Endurance
Specialized synonyms: Capacity



2. Noun. A disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior.
Exact synonyms: Permissiveness
Generic synonyms: Disposition, Temperament
Specialized synonyms: Acceptance, Sufferance, Toleration, Indulgence, Lenience, Leniency, Overtolerance
Attributes: Permissive, Unpermissive
Derivative terms: Permissive
Antonyms: Unpermissiveness

3. Noun. The act of tolerating something.
Specialized synonyms: Lenience, Leniency
Generic synonyms: Allowance
Derivative terms: Tolerate

4. Noun. Willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others.
Generic synonyms: Attitude, Mental Attitude
Specialized synonyms: Broad-mindedness, Liberality, Liberalness, Disinterest, Neutrality
Antonyms: Intolerance
Derivative terms: Tolerant

5. Noun. A permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits.
Exact synonyms: Allowance, Leeway, Margin
Generic synonyms: Disagreement, Discrepancy, Divergence, Variance
Derivative terms: Allow

Definition of Tolerance

1. n. The power or capacity of enduring; the act of enduring; endurance.

2. n. Capability of growth in more or less shade.

Definition of Tolerance

1. Noun. (uncountable obsolete) The ability to endure pain or hardship; endurance. (defdate 15th-19th c.) ¹

2. Noun. The ability or practice of tolerating; an acceptance or patience with the beliefs, opinions or practices of others; a lack of bigotry. (defdate from 18th c.) ¹

3. Noun. The ability of the body (or other organism) to resist the action of a poison, to cope with a dangerous drug or to survive infection by an organism. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

4. Noun. The variation or deviation from a standard, especially the maximum permitted variation in an engineering measurement. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

5. Noun. The ability of the body to accept a tissue graft without rejection. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tolerance

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Tolerance

1. 1. The ability to endure unusually large doses of a drug or toxin. 2. Acquired drug tolerance, a decreasing response to repeated constant doses of a drug or the need for increasing doses to maintain a constant response. Origin: L. Tolerantia This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Literary usage of Tolerance

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1. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General by M. Joycelyn Elders (1997)
"tolerance tolerance refers to a diminishing response to a drug through ... tolerance is often demonstrated when increased dose levels are required to obtain ..."

2. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Determination of the Carbohydrate tolerance Whenever possible, the tolerance 'for carbohydrates should be determined in patients who exhibit a glycosuria. ..."

3. The Women's Health and Aging Study: Health and Social Characteristics of edited by Jack M. Guralnik, Linda P. Fried, Eleanor M. Simonsick, Judith D. Kasper, Mary E. Lafferty (1996)
"A minimum level of exercise tolerance is necessary to perform many tasks that ... This chapter presents data on exercise tolerance and body composition in ..."

4. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"tolerance of usually means “willingness to tolerate”: has acquired a tolerance of ... February 1966 there is no tolerance of dissent —William G. Mather, ..."

5. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1917)
"The variations in this destruction and in the rapidity of excretion explain the racial and individual idiosyncrasies and acquired tolerance. i: 150000 ..."

6. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1917)
"The variations in this destruction and in the rapidity of excretion explain the racial and individual idiosyncrasies and acquired tolerance. ..."

7. Tudor Ideals by Lewis Einstein (1921)
"The paradox is best explained by the dualism between a system of laws inherited from the Middle Ages and a new spirit of tolerance born in the Renaissance. ..."

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