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gedogen (past singular gedoogde, past participle gedoogd)

  1. To tolerate, permit or condone

Usage notes[edit]

In a political context, gedogen means to tolerate or even permit an activity or behavior that is officially illegal. The purpose of gedogen in the modern Dutch society is to regulate and tax what would generally be a black market business. Soft-drug use for instance is thought to be better controlled by being tolerated, than by letting its participants become prey to organized criminals.


Derived terms[edit]

  • gedoogcultuur (habit of gedogen)
  • gedoogbeleid (policy of gedogen)


  • Wall Street Journal, February 2, 2007 page W13. Article by Daniel Schwammenthal, an Editorial Writer for The Wall Street Journal Europe, titled "Practically Dutch in the Heart of Sin City"