Zero Tolerance

The phrase ‘Zero Tolerance’ is used to describe a policy, practice, or law that provides severe penalties for a certain behavior or offense, with no exceptions made for extenuating circumstances.

Example of Use: “There’s a zero tolerance policy in place regarding smoking: It isn’t allowed on company property at all.”

Interesting fact

The term 'zero tolerance' was first used in 1972 in political language in the United States as a way to describe how laws prohibiting minor crimes could in turn help prevent larger instances of disorder from occurring.