noun Date: 15th century 1. capacity to endure pain or hardship ; endurance, fortitude, stamina 2. a. sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own b. the act of allowing something ; toleration 3. the allowable deviation from a standard; especially the range of variation permitted in maintaining a specified dimension in machining a piece 4. a. (1) the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure <
developed a tolerance to painkillers
; also the immunological state marked by unresponsiveness to a specific antigen (2) relative capacity of an organism to grow or thrive when subjected to an unfavorable environmental factor b. the maximum amount of a pesticide residue that may lawfully remain on or in food

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Tolerance — Tolérance Pour les articles homonymes, voir Tolérance (homonymie). La tolérance, du latin tolerare (supporter), est la vertu qui porte à accepter ce que l on n accepterait pas spontanément. C est aussi la vertu qui porte à se montrer vigilant… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • tolérance — [ tɔlerɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1561; h. 1361; lat. tolerantia 1 ♦ Fait de tolérer, de ne pas interdire ou exiger, alors qu on le pourrait; liberté qui résulte de cette abstention. Ce n est pas un droit, c est une tolérance. « Jusqu à quel point tiendrait,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tolerance — Tol er*ance, n. [L. tolerantia: cf. F. tol[ e]rance.] 1. The power or capacity of enduring; the act of enduring; endurance. [1913 Webster] Diogenes, one frosty morning, came into the market place, shaking, to show his tolerance. Bacon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tolerance — Tolerance. s. f. v. Souffrance, indulgence qu on a pour ce qu on ne peut empescher. Longue tolerance. ce n est pas un droit, mais une tolerance. il ne jouit de cela que par tolerance …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • tolerance — (n.) early 15c., endurance, fortitude, from O.Fr. tolerance (14c.), from L. tolerantia endurance, from tolerans, prp. of tolerare to bear, endure, tolerate (see TOLERATION (Cf. toleration)). Of authorities, in the sense of permissive, first… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tolerance — [n1] open mindedness altruism, benevolence, broad mindedness, charity, clemency, compassion, concession, endurance, forbearance, freedom, good will, grace, humanity, indulgence, kindness, lenience, leniency, lenity, liberalism, liberality,… …   New thesaurus

  • tolerance — [täl′ər əns] n. [ME tolleraunce < MFr tolerance < L tolerantia] 1. a) a tolerating or being tolerant, esp. of views, beliefs, practices, etc. of others that differ from one s own b) freedom from bigotry or prejudice 2. an allowable… …   English World dictionary

  • tolerance — tolerance. См. резистентность. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Tolerance — Tolerance. См. Допуск. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • Tolérance — (–rangß), frz., Duldung; im Münzwesen was Remedium …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • tolerance — I noun abiding, ability to bear, ability to endure, ability to tolerate, ability to withstand, allowance, bravery, broad mindedness, capacity to endure, capacity to stand suffering, capacity to take pain, charter, compassion, constancy, courage,… …   Law dictionary

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