- 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 suffer&emacron;ns, sufferent-, present participle of sufferre, to suffer; see suffer.
(countable and uncountable, plural sufferances)
From Anglo-Norman suffraunce, from Late Latin sufferentia.