What is the definition of "tolerance"?

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  • DrEvol
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Tolerance is not a virtue and it is not something we want to teach or practice.

    To tolerate means to endure, just like when you can't do anything about the heat because your A/C is out of order and you must tolerate the discomfort.

    We do that with noise, with music we dislike, with people and their ideas. We do not respect what we tolerate. We do not admire people and idea we must tolerate. If we are forced to telerate beyond our ability we typically react abusively. Tolerance and intolerance are on the same measuring stick. If we can't get away, eventually tolerance becomes intolerance.

    A good question to ask ourselves is: Why do we tolerate if we don't have to? Often is a poltically correct thing to do. But for every politically correct thing we do, we lose a bit of our honesty, our integrity, and we increase our hyprocrisy.

    So, ideally, use diplomacy and gentleness to say to someone: can you turn down that music, I don't seem totolerate it very well. Or, I have to disagree with what you just said, please don't take offense, I am telling you my view on this so that you know where I stand.

    In the moral sense, the less we tolerate, the more honest and respected we are.


    What "trinity" just said is not tolerance but understanding, empathy or compassion. Very different from tolerance.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Being able to handle something.

    The real definition is:

    the ability of a plant variety to endure abiotic stress without serious consequences for growth, appearance and yield. Seminis makes NO claims of tolerance to diseases or disorders caused by pests.

    The real, real definition is actually:

    Toleration and tolerance are terms used in social, cultural and religious contexts to describe attitudes and practices that prohibit discrimination against those whose practices or group memberships may be disapproved of by those in the majority.

    Well, I'll be. ><

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  • 4 years ago

    I see marriage as a religious belief that is between a man and a woman, of any race. However, if a gay or lesbian couple want a civil union, that will be legally seen as a marriage, then I'm all for that. That should also be extended to anyone, gay or straight, who wants to be "married" but does not want the religious aspect.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Marie Antoinette

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  • 1 decade ago

    Controlling your emotions when other people ain't on the same page you are. Using restraint when teaching or expressing your point of view. Keeping your cool while watching other people making the same mistakes over and over until they figure out that you were right. Listen to your boss rant and rave over something that has no bearing on the project at hand. I can keep going.

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  • 1 decade ago

    tol·er·ance /ˈtɒlərəns/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[tol-er-uhns] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation

    –noun 1. a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.

    2. a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one's own.

    3. interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one's own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.

    4. the act or capacity of enduring; endurance: My tolerance of noise is limited.

    5. Medicine/Medical, Immunology. a. the power of enduring or resisting the action of a drug, poison, etc.: a tolerance to antibiotics.

    b. the lack of or low levels of immune response to transplanted tissue or other foreign substance that is normally immunogenic.

    6. Machinery. a. the permissible range of variation in a dimension of an object. Compare allowance (def. 8).

    b. the permissible variation of an object or objects in some characteristic such as hardness, weight, or quantity.

    7. Also called allowance. Coining. a permissible deviation in the fineness and weight of coin, owing to the difficulty of securing exact conformity to the standard prescribed by law.


    [Origin: 1375–1425; late ME < L tolerantia. See tolerant, -ance]

    —Synonyms 1, 2. patience, sufferance, forbearance; liberality, impartiality, open-mindedness. Tolerance, toleration agree in allowing the right of something that one does not approve. Tolerance suggests a liberal spirit toward the views and actions of others: tolerance toward religious minorities. Toleration implies the allowance or sufferance of conduct with which one is not in accord: toleration of graft.

    Tolerance is NOT always a good thing.

    In order for a society to function properly it cant tolerate all things.

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  • 1 decade ago

    have your own views, but also accept other thoughts, actions and beliefs. Live in peace and just let things be per say. True tolerance demonstrates true character.

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  • 1 decade ago


    The most lovable quality any human being can possess is tolerance. …. It is the vision that enables one to see things from another’s viewpoint…. It is the generosity that concedes to others the right to their own opinions and their own peculiarities….. It is the bigness that enables us to let people be happy in their own way instead of our way.


    Source(s): blessed be )o( trinity
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  • 1 decade ago

    To tolerate something is to just live with something (a circumstance, person, etc.) and not resist it.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    tolerance is good when it pertains to most things but it is not good to be tolerant when it comes to the truth. because there is only one truth.

    Source(s): Holy Bible
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