sufferance

noun
suf·​fer·​ance | \ ˈsə-f(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce sufferance (audio) \

Definition of sufferance

1 : patient endurance
2 : pain, misery
3 : consent or sanction implied by a lack of interference or failure to enforce a prohibition

Examples of sufferance in a Sentence

was pointedly reminded that he was at the private beach on sufferance and could be kicked out at any time spending a whole day with my airheaded sister-in-law is beyond sufferance
Recent Examples on the Web Air India’s nationalization signaled that in independent India private enterprise would survive on the government’s sufferance. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 In the music of Beethoven, there is such an ethical, moral integrity … and power and sufferance. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, 10 Sep. 2019 Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. Thomas Jefferson Et Al, Cincinnati.com, 4 July 2018 Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. Thomas Jefferson Et Al, Cincinnati.com, 4 July 2018 Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. Thomas Jefferson Et Al, Cincinnati.com, 4 July 2018 Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. Thomas Jefferson Et Al, Cincinnati.com, 4 July 2018 Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. Thomas Jefferson Et Al, Cincinnati.com, 4 July 2018 Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. Thomas Jefferson Et Al, Cincinnati.com, 4 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of sufferance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sufferance

Middle English suffraunce, sufferaunce "affliction, endurance," borrowed from Anglo-French suffrance, suffraunce, borrowed from Late Latin sufferentia "endurance," from Latin sufferent-, sufferens, present participle of sufferre "to submit to, endure" + -ia -ia entry 1

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“Sufferance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sufferance. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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sufferance

noun
suf·​fer·​ance | \ ˈsə-frəns, -fə-rəns How to pronounce sufferance (audio) \

Legal Definition of sufferance

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

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