forbearance

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noun for·bear·ance \fȯr-ˈber-ən(t)s, fər-\

Definition of forbearance

  1. 1 :  a refraining from the enforcement of something (such as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due The policy povides a means of forbearance for borrowers meeting certain criteria.

  2. 2 :  the act of forbearing :  patience He appreciated his wife's forbearances.

  3. 3 :  the quality of being forbearing :  leniency known … for her forbearance with her incorrigible husband — Willa Cather

Examples of forbearance in a Sentence

  1. He showed great forbearance in his dealings with them.

  2. we thank you for your forbearance while we attend to the technical difficulties interrupting the TV program

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Origin and Etymology of forbearance

see 1forbear


FORBEARANCE Defined for English Language Learners

forbearance

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Definition of forbearance for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of someone who is patient and able to deal with a difficult person or situation without becoming angry


Law Dictionary

forbearance

noun for·bear·ance \fȯr-ˈbar-əns\
variants: also

forebearance

\fȯr-ˈbar-əns\

Legal Definition of forbearance

  1. :  a refraining from the enforcement of something (as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due



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