from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Tolerance and restraint in the face of provocation; patience.
  • noun Law The act of giving a debtor more time to pay rather than immediately enforcing a debt that is due.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or state of forbearing; the cessation or intermission of an act commenced, or a refraining from beginning an act.
  • noun Command of temper; restraint of passions; long-suffering; indulgence toward an offender or injurer; lenity.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A withdrawing; a keeping aloof.
  • noun Synonyms Abstinence, refraining.
  • noun Patience, indulgence, mildness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of forbearing or waiting; the exercise of patience.
  • noun The quality of being forbearing; indulgence toward offenders or enemies; long-suffering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Restraint under provocation.
  • noun A refraining from the enforcement of something (as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting
  • noun good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From forbear +‎ -ance.



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