A close friend of mine is a tech support and I'd like to give him card and compliment on his tolerance for (sometimes silly) mistakes.

I'm looking for a word to describes a person that tolerates others' mistakes. For example, this person might be a school teacher who wouldn't be angry because a kid made a mistake or a boss in a company who wouldn't get mad because his or her employees messed up.

I'm looking for something other than tolerant because I would like to be specific and narrow down the scope to be just tolerant towards mistakes.

On the other hand, I feel words like nice, patient, and the like all entail some level of tolerance towards others' mistakes. Moreover, this quality of tolerance for mistakes doesn't necessarily entail that this person is nice or friendly. It may be because it's his job and he's a competent employee. I may be wrong and this's way too specific, but I wonder if there's a word depicts exactly that.

Either noun or adjective will work! I just want it to be one word so it looks good on the cover of the card!

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    I'd just say patient.
    – Dare
    Jun 8, 2015 at 16:34
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    If I were grading or appraising someone's work, like a teacher or a judge, and I were prone to handing out high marks even though there were obvious mistakes, I might say lenient.
    – Dare
    Jun 8, 2015 at 16:40
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    forbearing, understanding, accepting.... Jun 8, 2015 at 16:46
  • If you don’t want to come right out and call him what he really is (a saint), I’d suggest describing such a person as “long-suffering.”
    – Papa Poule
    Jun 8, 2015 at 16:48
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    see if "stoic" fits. Stoic people calmly go with the flow and don't appear to be shook up by much.
    – Misti
    Jun 8, 2015 at 16:51

3 Answers 3


longanimous or forbearing

showing patient and unruffled self-control and restraint under adversity; slow to retaliate or express resentment


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    I find myself upvoting every single one of your answers. And half the time I'm not even aware it's you until I'm done voting and scroll to the bottom of the answer and see your username.
    – Dan Bron
    Jun 8, 2015 at 19:02
  • @DanBron: Well I truly appreciate it :)
    – Tushar Raj
    Jun 8, 2015 at 19:02
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    That's just spot on, sir Raj! Dictionary.com: patient endurance of hardship, injuries, or offense; forbearance.
    – RexYuan
    Jun 9, 2015 at 14:00
  • @RexYuan: Happy to Help :)
    – Tushar Raj
    Jun 9, 2015 at 14:05

"Patient and understanding" is best in this case

thank you for your patience and understanding

the other answers I see here are better expressions of your meaning, but this is more appropriate to your usage


You could also use "perseverant":

Able or willing to persevere : enduring

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