sufferance

  • 1 Sufferance — Suf fer*ance, n. [OE. suffrance, OF. sufrance, soufrance, F. souffrance, L. sufferentia, from sufferens, entis, p. pr. of sufferre. See {Suffer}.] 1. The state of suffering; the bearing of pain; endurance. [1913 Webster] He must not only die the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 sufferance — suf·fer·ance / sə frəns, fə rəns/ n: consent or sanction implied by a lack of interference or failure to enforce a prohibition see also estate at sufferance at estate 1 tenancy at sufferance at tenancy …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 sufferance — [suf′ər əns, suf′rəns] n. [ME < Anglo Fr souffrance < OFr < LL(Ec) sufferentia < L sufferens, prp.: see SUFFER] 1. the power or capacity to endure or tolerate pain, distress, etc. 2. consent, permission, or sanction implied by failure …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 sufferance — c.1300, enduring of hardship, affliction, etc., also allowance of wrongdoing, from O.Fr. suffrance, from L.L. sufferentia, from sufferre (see SUFFER (Cf. suffer)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 sufferance — *permission, leave Analogous words: toleration, endurance (see corresponding verbs at BEAR): acquiescence, resignation, compliance (see under COMPLIANT) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 sufferance — ► NOUN ▪ absence of objection rather than genuine approval; toleration …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 sufferance — noun /sʌ.fɚ.əns/ a) Endurance, especially patiently, of pain or adversity. I indulged in this meditation for a moment, and then again addressed the mourner, who stood leaning against the bed with that expression of resigned despair, of complete… …

    Wiktionary

  • 8 sufferance — suf|fer|ance [ˈsʌfərəns] n on sufferance formal if you live or work somewhere on sufferance, you are allowed to do it by someone who would prefer you did not do it ▪ He was never going to let her forget she was only here on sufferance …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 sufferance — [[t]sʌ̱frəns[/t]] N UNCOUNT: usu on N If you are allowed to do something on sufferance, you can do it, although you know that the person who gave you permission would prefer that you did not do it. His party held office on sufferance... The… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 sufferance — noun on sufferance formal if you live or work somewhere on sufferance, you are allowed to do it by someone who would rather you did not do it: Martha made it clear I was only staying with them on sufferance …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 sufferance — Endurance of pain or distress, physical or mental. Toleration; acquiescence. See bill of sufferance; estate by sufferance; tenancy at sufferance …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 12 sufferance — suf|fer|ance [ sʌf(ə)rəns ] noun on sufferance MAINLY BRITISH if you do something on sufferance, someone allows you to do it but does not really want you to do it …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 sufferance — /ˈsʌfərəns / (say sufuhruhns), /ˈsʌfrəns / (say sufruhns) noun 1. tolerance, as of a person or thing; tacit permission. 2. capacity to endure pain, hardship, etc. 3. Obsolete the suffering of pain, distress, injury, etc. 4. Obsolete patient… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 sufferance — /saf(a)rans/ Toleration; negative permission by not forbidding; passive consent; license implied from the omission or neglect to enforce an adverse right @ sufferance wharves In old English law, wharves in which goods may be landed before any… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 15 sufferance — Synonyms and related words: acceptance, allowance, authorization, connivance, consent, endurance, forbearance, forbearing, forbearingness, fortitude, indulgence, leave, lenience, leniency, long sufferance, long suffering, longanimity, overlooking …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 sufferance — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. toleration, fortitude, composure; see endurance 2 , patience 1 . • on sufferance, Syn. allowed, tolerated, endured; see legal 1 , permitted …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 sufferance — UK [ˈsʌf(ə)rəns] / US noun on sufferance …

    English dictionary

  • 18 sufferance — n. 1 tacit consent, abstinence from objection. 2 archaic submissiveness. Phrases and idioms: on sufferance with toleration implied by lack of consent or objection. Etymology: ME f. AF, OF suffraunce f. LL sufferentia (as SUFFER) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 sufferance — noun Date: 14th century 1. patient endurance 2. pain, misery 3. consent or sanction implied by a lack of interference or failure to enforce a prohibition 4. power or ability to withstand ; endurance …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 sufferance — /suf euhr euhns, suf reuhns/, n. 1. passive permission resulting from lack of interference; tolerance, esp. of something wrong or illegal (usually prec. by on or by). 2. capacity to endure pain, hardship, etc.; endurance. 3. Archaic. suffering;… …

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