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sufferance

[ suhf-er-uhns, suhf-ruhns ]
/ ˈsʌf ər əns, ˈsʌf rəns /
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Definition of sufferance

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. suffering; misery.
Archaic. patient endurance.
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Origin of sufferance

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

OTHER WORDS FROM sufferance

non·suf·fer·ance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sufferance

sufferance
/ (ˈsʌfərəns, ˈsʌfrəns) /

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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