From Middle French toleration, from Latin tolerātiōnem, accusative singular of tolerātiō, from the verb tolerō (“I tolerate”). Compare tolerance.
toleration (countable and uncountable, plural tolerations)
- (obsolete) Endurance of evil, suffering etc.
- The allowance of something not explicitly approved; tolerance, forbearance.
- Specifically, the allowance by a government (or other ruling power) of the exercise of religion beyond the state established faith.
- 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 86:
- Above all, the establishment of toleration helped to weaken the presumption that plurality in matters of faith inevitably caused social disorder.