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English definition of “sufferance”


noun     /ˈsʌf.ər.əns/ US  /-ɚ-/
on sufferance formal with unwilling permission : He gave me a bed for a couple of nights but I felt I was there on sufferance.Allowing and permittingUnwilling and reluctantReady and willingLacking interest and enthusiasm under sufferance old-fashioned If someone does something under sufferance, they do it very unwillingly : He only visits his parents under sufferance.Unwilling and reluctantReady and willingLacking interest and enthusiasm
(Definition of sufferance noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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