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

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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

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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, "The United States Declaration of Independence," 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, "The United States Declaration of Independence," 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, "The United States Declaration of Independence," 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, "The United States Declaration of Independence," 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, "The United States Declaration of Independence," 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, "The United States Declaration of Independence," 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, "The United States Declaration of Independence," 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, "The United States Declaration of Independence," 4 July 2018

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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

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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