from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of forbearing.
- n. Tolerance and restraint in the face of provocation; patience. See Synonyms at patience.
- n. The quality of being forbearing.
- n. Law The act of a creditor who refrains from enforcing a debt when it falls due.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Restraint under provocation.
- n. A refraining from the enforcement of something (as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of forbearing or waiting; the exercise of patience.
- n. The quality of being forbearing; indulgence toward offenders or enemies; long-suffering.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or state of forbearing; the cessation or intermission of an act commenced, or a refraining from beginning an act.
- n. Command of temper; restraint of passions; long-suffering; indulgence toward an offender or injurer; lenity.
- n. In law, an abstaining from the enforcement of a right; specifically, a creditor's giving of indulgence after the day originally fixed for payment: as, the loan or forbearance of money.
- n. A withdrawing; a keeping aloof.
- n. Synonyms Abstinence, refraining.
- n. Patience, indulgence, mildness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting
- n. good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
From forbear + -ance. (Wiktionary)