tolerance

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From Middle French tolerance, from Latin tolerantia (endurance), from tolerans, present participle of Latin tolerō (endure).

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tolerance (countable and uncountable, plural tolerances)

  1. (uncountable, obsolete) The ability to endure pain or hardship; endurance. [15th-19th c.]
  2. (uncountable) The ability or practice of tolerating; an acceptance or patience with the beliefs, opinions or practices of others; a lack of bigotry. [from 18th c.]
  3. (uncountable) The ability of the body (or other organism) to resist the action of a poison, to cope with a dangerous drug or to survive infection by an organism. [from 19th c.]
  4. (countable) The variation or deviation from a standard, especially the maximum permitted variation in an engineering measurement. [from 20th c.]
  5. (uncountable) The ability of the body to accept a tissue graft without rejection. [from 20th c.]

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