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TOLERANCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tolerance mean? 

TOLERANCE (noun)
  The noun TOLERANCE has 5 senses:

1. the power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions
2. a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior
3. the act of tolerating something
4. willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others
5. a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits

  Familiarity information: TOLERANCE used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TOLERANCE (noun)


Sense 1tolerance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("tolerance" is a kind of...):

endurance (the power to withstand hardship or stress)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tolerance"):

capacity (tolerance for alcohol)


Sense 2tolerance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

permissiveness; tolerance

Hypernyms ("tolerance" is a kind of...):

disposition; temperament (your usual mood)

Attribute:

permissive (granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline)

unpermissive (not inclined to grant permission; severe in discipline)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tolerance"):

acceptance; sufferance; toleration (a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations)

indulgence; lenience; leniency (a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone)

overtolerance (too much permissiveness)


Sense 3tolerance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of tolerating something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("tolerance" is a kind of...):

allowance (the act of allowing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tolerance"):

lenience; leniency (lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers)


Sense 4tolerance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("tolerance" is a kind of...):

attitude; mental attitude (a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tolerance"):

broad-mindedness (an inclination to tolerate or overlook opposing or shocking opinions or behavior)

liberality; liberalness (an inclination to favor progress and individual freedom)

disinterest; neutrality (tolerance attributable to a lack of involvement)

Antonym:

intolerance (unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs)


Sense 5tolerance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

leeway; allowance; tolerance; margin

Hypernyms ("tolerance" is a kind of...):

disagreement; discrepancy; divergence; variance (a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions)


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