Tolerance

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  • The term refers to curbing actions against something or someone disliked. The opposites of tolerance are persecution and discrimination, which involve acting against something or someone. Types of tolerance can be defined by their objects: political (public sphere), moral (private sphere), and social (characteristics of persons or groups). Tolerance is fundamental to democratic society: Governments must tolerate opposition; proponents of opposing views must allow others to express themselves and to vote. Tolerance is always limited; the sociopolitical definition of the limits of tolerance is crime, which is prohibited and punished, not tolerated. The tolerance levels of individuals and societies tend to be strongly correlated with their education levels.

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