Definition of “sufferance” - English Dictionary


“sufferance” in English

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uk /ˈsʌf.ər.əns/ us /ˈsʌf.ɚ.əns/
on sufferance formal

with unwilling permission:

He gave me a bed for a couple of nights but I felt I was there on sufferance.
under sufferance old-fashioned

If someone does something under sufferance, they do it very unwillingly:

He only visits his parents under sufferance.

(Definition of “sufferance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)