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tolerancenoun

uk   /ˈtɒl.ər.əns/  us   /ˈtɑː.lɚ.əns/
  • tolerance noun (ACCEPTANCE)

C2 [U] (formal toleration ) willingness to accept behaviour and beliefs that are different from your own, although you might not agree with or approve of them: This period in history is not noted for its religious tolerance. Some members of the party would like to see it develop a greater tolerance of/towards contrary points of view.

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  • tolerance noun (VARIATION)

[C or U] specialized engineering, mathematics the amount by which a measurement or calculation might change and still be acceptable: parts that are made to tolerances of a thousandth of an inch
(Definition of tolerance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tolerancenoun [U]

 us   /ˈtɑl·ər·əns/
  • tolerance noun [U] (ACCEPTANCE)

(also toleration,  /ˌtɑl·əˈreɪ·ʃən/ ) willingness to accept behavior and beliefs that are different from your own, even if you disagree with or disapprove of them: religious/racial tolerance There is zero tolerance of violence at this school – if you’re caught fighting, you’ll be suspended.
  • tolerance noun [U] (ABILITY TO BEAR)

the ability to bear something unpleasant or annoying, or to keep going despite difficulties: I don’t have much tolerance for hot, humid weather.
(Definition of tolerance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tolerance”
in Arabic تَسامُح…
in Korean 아량, 관용, 참을성…
in Portuguese tolerância…
in Catalan tolerància…
in Japanese 寛容, 容認…
in Chinese (Simplified) 接受, 宽容, 忍受…
in Turkish hoşgörü, tolerans…
in Russian терпимость…
in Chinese (Traditional) 接受, 寬容, 忍受…
in Italian tolleranza…
in Polish tolerancja…
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