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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): ( n.) The act of tolerating; the allowance of that which is not wholly approved.

(2): ( n.) Specifically, the allowance of religious opinions and modes of worship in a state when contrary to, or different from, those of the established church or belief.

(3): ( n.) Hence, freedom from bigotry and severity in judgment of the opinions or belief of others, especially in respect to religious matters.

Charles Buck Theological Dictionary [2]

In matters of religion, is either civil or ecclesiastical. Civil toleration is an impunity, and safely granted by the state to every sect that does not maintain doctrines inconsistent with the public peace. Ecclesiastical toleration is the allowance which the church grants to its members to differ in certain opinions not reputed essential.

See Dr. Owen, Locke, and Dr. Furneaux, on Toleration; Milton's Civil Power in Ecclesiastical Causes; Hints on Toleration, by Philagatharches; Reflexions Philosophiques et Politiques sur la Tolerance Religieuse, par J. P. De N***.