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sufferance

[suhf-er-uh ns, suhf-ruh ns] /ˈsʌf ər əns, ˈsʌf rəns/
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
1250-1300; Middle English suffrance < Old French soufrance, < Late Latin sufferentia, equivalent to suffer(re) to suffer + -entia -ence, -ance
Related forms
nonsufferance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for by-sufferance

sufferance

/ˈsʌfərəns; ˈsʌfrəns/
noun
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
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Late Latin sufferentia endurance, from Latin sufferre to suffer
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Word Origin and History for by-sufferance

sufferance

n.

c.1300, "enduring of hardship, affliction, etc.," also "allowance of wrongdoing," from Old French suffrance, from Late Latin sufferentia, from sufferre (see suffer).

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