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.

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  • 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


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From forbear +‎ -ance.


  • _Which_, retaining its office as connective, may as an adjective accompany its noun; as, I craved his forbearance a little longer, _which forbearance_ he allowed me.] +A _Personal Pronoun_ is a pronoun that by its form denotes the speaker, the one spoken to, or the one spoken of+.

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  • It's important to continue making payments until your request for deferment or forbearance is granted.

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  • The guards, too, treated the common criminals with a certain forbearance, even when they had to handle them roughly.

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  • Great self-respect is as often manifested in forbearance as in resentment, said Herbert, soothingly.

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  • Northern speakers and writers; but the South, now that nothing can be gained by forbearance, is taking up the anti-English cry, and

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  • That complete dependence on each other, which insures habits of confidence and forbearance, is more easily acquired while the first dream of love lasts; and tastes and tempers amalgamate better in the end when there are no witnesses to observe that they do not quite fit at first.

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  • But Owen Blicksilver, a spokesman for Selene, argued that the regulation forbade only loan modifications from including such language, not the more short-term forbearance agreements.

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  • Upon this the Ammonites grew very insolent, and triumphed over Jerusalem; but the prophet must let them know that forbearance is no acquittance; the reprieve is not a pardon; their day also is at hand; their turn comes next, and it will be but a poor satisfaction to them that they are to be devoured last, to be last executed.

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