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Wed Apr 28 06:43:36 UTC 2010

Well, wouldn't one also generally find the same implication of entailed disapproval in the use pf
"tolerate" withOUT  negation: "We will tolerate such behavior"?
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From: Herb Stahlke
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Subject: [ADS-L] "tolerance"
Sent: Apr 28, 2010 12:11 AM

On today's Daily Dish, Andrew Sullivan has a piece on "tolerance"
in which quotes, and seems to accept, the claim that the act of
tolerating entails disapproval of what one tolerates.  I've heard this
claim before, but I don't find this sense in either the OED Online or
Merriam-Webster Online, although MW does allow that inference.  I
wonder if the sense of entailed disapproval comes from the use of
"tolerate" with negation.  "We won't tolerate such behavior" obviously
implies disapproval of the behavior.


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