on sufferance

idiom

Definition of on sufferance

British, formal
used to say that someone is allowed to do something by someone who does not want that person to do it
  • She was allowed in only on sufferance.

Word by Word Definitions

sufferance play
  1. : patient endurance

  2. : pain, misery

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


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