zero tolerance

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zero tolerance

A policy or attitude of accepting absolutely none of some kind of behavior or activity. A reference to laws or legal policies that impose severe penalties for even the most minor infractions. Can be hyphenated if used before a noun as a modifier. Our dad has always had zero tolerance for us skipping our chores or homework. The boss is implementing a zero-tolerance policy for anyone caught taking office supplies home with them.
See also: zero

zero tolerance

absolutely no toleration of even the smallest infraction of a rule. Because of the zero tolerance rule, the kindergartner was expelled from school because his mother accidentally left a table knife in his lunch box.
See also: zero