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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)

  1. (obsolete) Endurance of evil, suffering etc.
  2. The allowance of something not explicitly approved; tolerance, forbearance.
  3. 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.

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