- an act or instance of tolerating, especially of what is not actually approved; forbearance: to show toleration toward the protesters.
- permission by law or government of the exercise of religions other than an established religion; noninterference in matters of private faith and worship.
- the act or practice of tolerating
- freedom to hold religious opinions that differ from the established or prescribed religion of a country
1510s, “permission granted by authority, license,” from Middle French tolération (15c.), from Latin tolerationem (nominative toleratio) “a bearing, supporting, enduring,” noun of action from past participle stem of tolerare “to tolerate, literally “to bear” (see extol). Meaning “forbearance, sufferance” is from 1580s. Religious sense is from Act of Toleration, statute granting freedom of religious worship (with conditions) to dissenting Protestants in England, 1689.