Definition of forbearance
1 : a refraining from the enforcement of something (as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due <The policy povides a means of forbearance for borrowers meeting certain criteria.>
3 : the quality of being forbearing : leniency <known … for her forbearance with her incorrigible husband — Willa Cather>
Examples of forbearance in a sentence
He showed great forbearance in his dealings with them.
<we thank you for your forbearance while we attend to the technical difficulties interrupting the TV program>
Origin and Etymology of forbearance
First Known Use: 1576
FORBEARANCE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Legal Definition of forbearance
: a refraining from the enforcement of something (as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due
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