When you practice tolerance, you accept another's ideas and beliefs. If you respect someone's opinions — even if you disagree or find them nonsensical — you display tolerance.

The noun tolerance, which stems from the Latin for "endurance," also refers to an organism's ability to stand or handle a difficult environmental condition. If you build up a tolerance, you can handle large amounts of something (from medicine to psychological abuse) without being too strongly affected. We usually use the word to refer to our need to accept others, as suggested by John F. Kennedy when he said, “Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.”

Definitions of tolerance
  1. noun
    willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others
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    unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs
    an inclination to tolerate or overlook opposing or shocking opinions or behavior
    liberality, liberalness
    an inclination to favor progress and individual freedom
    disinterest, neutrality
    tolerance attributable to a lack of involvement
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    attitude, mental attitude
    a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
  2. noun
    a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior
    synonyms: permissiveness
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    restrictiveness, unpermissiveness
    a lack of permissiveness or indulgence and a tendency to confine behavior within certain specified limits
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    acceptance, sufferance, toleration
    a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations
    indulgence, lenience, leniency
    a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone
    too much permissiveness
    self acceptance
    an acceptance of yourself as you are, warts and all
    a disposition to be lenient in judging others
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    disposition, temperament
    your usual mood
  3. noun
    the power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions
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    tolerance for alcohol
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    the power to withstand hardship or stress
  4. noun
    the act of tolerating something
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    lenience, leniency
    lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers
    clemency, mercifulness, mercy
    leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
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    the act of allowing
  5. noun
    a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
    synonyms: allowance, leeway, margin
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    disagreement, discrepancy, divergence, variance
    a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
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