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sufferance

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noun suf·fer·ance \ˈsə-f(ə-)rən(t)s\

Definition of sufferance

  1. 1 :  patient endurance

  2. 2 :  pain, misery

  3. 3 :  consent or sanction implied by a lack of interference or failure to enforce a prohibition

  4. 4 :  endurance 2



Examples of sufferance in a sentence

  1. <was pointedly reminded that he was at the private beach on sufferance and could be kicked out at any time>

  2. <spending a whole day with my airheaded sister-in-law is beyond sufferance>



14th Century

First Known Use of sufferance

14th century


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sufferance

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noun suf·fer·ance \ˈsə-frəns, -fə-rəns\

Legal Definition of sufferance

  1. :  consent or sanction implied by a lack of interference or failure to enforce a prohibition — see also estate at sufferance at estate 1, tenancy at sufferance at tenancy





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