Sufferance definition

sŭfər-əns, sŭfrəns
Patient endurance, especially of pain or distress.
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Suffering; misery.
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Sanction or permission implied or given by failure to prohibit; tacit consent; tolerance.
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The power or capacity to endure or tolerate pain, distress, etc.
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Consent, permission, or sanction implied by failure to interfere or prohibit; toleration.
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(archaic) Suffering.
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See tenancy.
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(archaic) Endurance, especially patiently, of pain or adversity.
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(archaic) Suffering; pain, misery.
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(UK, historical) A permission granted by the customs authorities for the shipment of goods.
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on sufferance
  • allowed or tolerated but not supported or encouraged
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sufferance
Plural:
sufferances

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of sufferance

  • Middle English suffrance from Old French sufrance from Latin sufferentia from sufferēns sufferent- present participle of sufferre to suffer suffer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman suffraunce, from Late Latin sufferentia.

    From Wiktionary