What does the word sufferance mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Sufferer.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Negative consent; toleration.

Usage examples for sufferance

  1. I could see that I was only allowed to come on sufferance, and that at the last moment they would have been willing to dispense with my presence. – The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley
  2. The stir and bustle of the Court reached me even in my garret, and contributed to make that Christmas, which fell on a Sunday, a trial almost beyond sufferance. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  3. Yet they must not imagine that, in taking possession of the French forts, they gained any right to the country; for the French had never bought the land, and lived upon it by sufferance only. – The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada by Francis Parkman