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

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

nonsufferance, noun Unabridged
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sufferance (ˈsʌfərəns, ˈsʌfrəns)
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]

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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.
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