on sufferance

Definition of on sufferance

British, formal

  1. :  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

  1. :  patient endurance

    :  pain, misery

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

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to cast off or become cast off

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