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forbearance

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of forbearance

  1. 1 the capacity to endure what is difficult or disagreeable without complaining <we thank you for your forbearance while we attend to the technical difficulties interrupting the TV program> Synonyms patience, long-suffering, sufferance, toleranceRelated Words acquiescence, resignation; passiveness, passivity; amenability, compliance, conformism, docility, obedience, subordination, tractability, willingness; discipline, self-control; submission, submissivenessNear Antonyms defiance; contrariness, disobedience, insubordination, intractability, recalcitrance, resistance, willfulnessAntonyms impatience

  2. 2 kind, gentle, or compassionate treatment especially towards someone who is undeserving of it <the judge showed forbearance, and gave the teenaged first offender a suspended sentence> Synonyms charity, clemency, mercy, lenience, leniency, lenity, mercifulness, quarterRelated Words humanitarianism, philanthropy; empathy, pity, sympathy, understanding; commiseration, favor, grace; benevolence, care, compassion, gentleness, goodness, goodwill, humaneness, kindliness, kindness, meekness, mildness, niceness, softness, tenderness; altruism, generosity, magnanimity, nobility; affection, devotion, love, worshipNear Antonyms hard-heartedness, mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness, uncharitableness; reprisal, requital, retaliation, retribution, revenge, vengeance; venom, vindictiveness, virulence, vitriol; atrocity, barbarity, brutality, cruelty, sadism, savageness, savagery, truculence, viciousness, violence, wantonness; castigation, chastisement, discipline, punishment, scolding; abhorrence, abomination, detestation, execration, hate, hatred, loathing; cattiness, malevolence, malice, maliciousness, malignancy, malignity, meanness, nastiness, spite, spitefulness, spleen; animosity, antagonism, antipathy, bitterness, enmity, gall, grudge, hostility, jealousy, pique, resentment; bile, jaundice, rancor; hatefulness, invidiousness; coarseness, hardness, harshness, roughness




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