sufferance

[suhf-er-uhns, suhf-ruhns]
noun
1.
passive permission resulting from lack of interference; tolerance, especially of something wrong or illegal (usually preceded by on or by ).
2.
capacity to endure pain, hardship, etc.; endurance.
3.
Archaic. suffering; misery.
4.
Archaic. patient endurance.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English suffrance < Old French soufrance, < Late Latin sufferentia, equivalent to suffer(re) to suffer + -entia -ence, -ance

nonsufferance, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To sufferance
Collins
World English Dictionary
sufferance (ˈsʌfərəns, ˈsʌfrəns)
 
n
1.  tolerance arising from failure to prohibit; tacit permission
2.  capacity to endure pain, injury, etc
3.  the state or condition of suffering
4.  archaic patient endurance
5.  on sufferance with reluctance
 
[C13: via Old French from Late Latin sufferentia endurance, from Latin sufferre to suffer]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
What deafness, what stone-blind custom, what overgrown error you behold is there only by sufferance-by your sufferance.
They resumed their humble position as traders on sufferance.
We recognize the potential for harm to which this interpretation gives sufferance.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;