- the power or capacity to endure or tolerate pain, distress, etc.
- consent, permission, or sanction implied by failure to interfere or prohibit; toleration
- Archaic suffering
Origin of sufferanceMiddle English from Anglo-French souffrance from Old French from Ecclesiastical Late Latin sufferentia from Classical Latin sufferens, present participle : see suffer
allowed or tolerated but not supported or encouraged
- Patient endurance, especially of pain or distress.
- Suffering; misery.
- Sanction or permission implied or given by failure to prohibit; tacit consent; tolerance.
Origin of sufferanceMiddle English suffrance from Old French sufrance from Latin sufferentia from sufferēns sufferent- present participle of sufferre to suffer ; see suffer .
(countable and uncountable, plural sufferances)
From Anglo-Norman suffraunce, from Late Latin sufferentia.