SUF'FERANCE, n. The bearing of pain; endurance; pain endured; misery. He must not only die, But thy unkindness shall the death draw out To ling'ring sufferance.1. Patience; moderation; a bearing with patience. But hasty heat temp'ring with sufferance wise.2. Toleration; permission; allowance; negative consent by not forbidding or hindering. In process of time, sometimes by sufferance, sometimes by special leave and favor, they erected to themselves oratories. In their beginning, they are weak and wan, But soon through sufferance grow to fearful end.
An estate at sufferance, in law, is where a person comes into possession of land by lawful title, but keeps it after the title ceases, without positive leave of the owner.