forbearance

noun for·bear·ance \ fȯr-ˈber-ən(t)s , fər- \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of forbearance

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


FORBEARANCE Defined for English Language Learners

forbearance

noun

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
variants: also forebearance \fȯr-ˈbar-əns\

legal Definition of forbearance

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


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