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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Tolerance

Irene Spigno

Subject(s):
Tolerance

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. The prevailing historical and constitutional meaning of tolerance refers to a fundamental principle aiming to solve the problem of the coexistence of different beliefs originally of an exclusively religious, and later also a political, nature ( Bobbio 230 ). Defined as ‘[t]he action or practice of tolerating; ... the disposition to be patient with or indulgent to the opinions or practices of others; freedom from bigotry or undue severity in judging the conduct of others; forbearance; catholicity of spirit’ (The Oxford English Dictionary 200), ‘tolerance’ has...
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