Tolerance is a tricky word. Actually, its meaning is very straightforward, but when put into a social perspective in the modern age, it doesn’t really mean what we believe it means.
According to the dictionary, tolerance is:
The ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that one dislikes or disagrees with.
The capacity to endure continued subjection to something such as a drug or environmental conditions without adverse reaction.
And yet, people often ask for #tolerance – tolerate the immigrants, tolerate the LGBTQ community, tolerate the conservatives, tolerate the Leavers/Remainers, etc. The list is virtually endless. We use this word mostly when we mean understanding, acceptance or “as you were”.