sufferance

noun suf·fer·ance \ ˈsə-f(ə-)rən(t)s \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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
4 : endurance 1

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

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First Known Use of sufferance

14th century



Law Dictionary

sufferance

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

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 1, tenancy at sufferance at tenancy

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