sufferance [ suhf-er- uh ns, suhf-r uh ns] WORD ORIGIN noun 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 patient endurance. Origin of sufferance 1250–1300; Middle English suffrance
Old French soufrance,
Late Latin sufferentia,
-ance Related forms non·suf·fer·ance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for on sufferance noun tolerance arising from failure to prohibit; tacit permission capacity to endure pain, injury, etc the state or condition of suffering archaic patient endurance on sufferance with reluctance Word Origin for sufferance
C13: via Old French from Late Latin
sufferentia endurance, from Latin sufferre to suffer
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Word Origin and History for on 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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Idioms and Phrases with on sufferance
Barely tolerated; agreed to but unwillingly. For example,
They rarely put a non-academic on the panel, so obviously I was there on sufferance. This expression uses sufferance in the sense of “toleration,” a usage obsolete except in this idiom. [Mid-1500s]
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