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English definition of “zero tolerance”

zero tolerance

noun [U]    
a way of dealing with bad behaviour in which you do not accept any bad behaviour at all, often by using laws to prevent it: zero tolerance of crimeRules and laws
(Definition of zero tolerance noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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