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Meaning of sufferance

suf•fer•ance

Pronunciation: (suf'ur-uns, suf'runs), [key]
— 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. suffering; misery.
  4. patient endurance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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