July 28, 2011
- tolerance (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : ability to put up with something harmful or unpleasant b : the ability to adjust to a food or drug so that its effects are experienced less strongly2 : sympathy for or acceptance of feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from one's own
- How do you use it?
- Plants that do well in the rock garden have a high tolerance for direct sun.
- Are you a word wiz?
Only one of these sentences uses "tolerance" correctly. Which one do you think it is?Only C gets it right. We can eliminate A right off the bat because "tolerance" is a noun, not a verb. The verb "tolerate," meaning "to put up with," would make sense in place of "tolerance." B, C, and D all use "tolerance" as a noun, but its meaning doesn't work in either B or D. For B, "tolerance" should be replaced with either "perseverance" or "patience." In D, "respect" or "admiration" would make good replacements for "tolerance."