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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 suf·fer·ance /ˈsʌf(ə)rən(t)s/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Suf·fer·ance n.
 1. The state of suffering; the bearing of pain; endurance.
 He must not only die the death,
 But thy unkindness shall his death draw out
 To lingering sufferance.   --Shak.
 2. Pain endured; misery; suffering; distress.
    The seeming sufferances that you had borne.   --Shak.
 3. Loss; damage; injury. [Obs.]
    A grievous . . . sufferance on most part of their fleet.   --Shak.
 4. Submission under difficult or oppressive circumstances; patience; moderation.
    But hasty heat tempering with sufferance wise.   --Spenser.
 5. Negative consent by not forbidding or hindering; toleration; permission; allowance; leave.
 In their beginning they are weak and wan,
 But soon, through sufferance, grow to fearful end.   --Spenser.
    Somewhiles by sufferance, and somewhiles by special leave and favor, they erected to themselves oratories.   --Hooker.
 6. A permission granted by the customs authorities for the shipment of goods. [Eng.]
 Estate of sufferance Law, the holding by a tenant who came in by a lawful title, but remains, after his right has expired, without positive leave of the owner. --Blackstone.
 On sufferance, by mere toleration; as, to remain in a house on sufferance.
 Syn: -- Endurance; pain; misery; inconvenience; patience; moderation; toleration; permission.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: patient endurance especially of pain or distress
      2: a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations;
         "all people should practice toleration and live together
         in peace" [syn: toleration, acceptance]