zero tolerance (1)

This page is about the collocation zero tolerance (1)

collocation pattern: adjective + noun

Meaning

legal policy that allows politicians to set mandatory punishments that judges must apply

For example

  • Jamahl was caught shoplifting, and because of zero tolerance the judge had to send him to prison for five years.

  • Our law professor says zero tolerance has ruined many young lives, but done nothing to prevent serious crime.

Quick Quiz

Under zero tolerance, the punishment for an offence is decided by

a. the judge

b. politicians

c. legal experts

Contributor: Matt Errey