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English definition of “tolerant”


adjective (ACCEPTING)    /ˈtɒl.ər.ənt/ US  /ˈtɑː.lɚ-/
C1 willing to accept behaviour and beliefs that are different from your own, although you might not agree with or approve of them: The present government is even less tolerant of dissent. On the continent people are more tolerant of children in public places.Open-mindedJustice and fairness tolerantly     /-li/ adverb I would tell my grandmother about all the crazy things I'd been doing and she would just smile tolerantly.Open-mindedJustice and fairness
(Definition of tolerant adjective (ACCEPTING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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