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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]


Irene Spigno

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021


General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

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 been...
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