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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tol·er·ance n.
 1. The power or capacity of enduring; the act of enduring; endurance.
    Diogenes, one frosty morning, came into the market place, shaking, to show his tolerance.   --Bacon.
 2. The endurance of the presence or actions of objectionable persons, or of the expression of offensive opinions; toleration.
 3. Med. The power possessed or acquired by some persons of bearing doses of medicine which in ordinary cases would prove injurious or fatal.
 4. Forestry Capability of growth in more or less shade.
 5. the allowed amount of variation from the standard or from exact conformity to the specified dimensions, weight, hardness, voltage etc., in various mechanical or electrical devices or operations; -- caklled also allowance specif.: Coinage The amount which coins, either singly or in lots, are legally allowed to vary above or below the standard of weight or fineness.
 Tolerance of the mint. Coinage Same as Remedy of the mint. See under Remedy.