for·​bear·​ance | \ fȯr-ˈber-ən(t)s How to pronounce forbearance (audio) , fər- \

Definition of forbearance

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web If homeowners need assistance, the covid-19 forbearance – a reduction or pause in their mortgage payment – can be requested by the borrower, according to a news release. Arkansas Online, 12 July 2021 Roughly 146,000 forbearance plans were reviewed for extension or removal over the past week. Chris Morris, Fortune, 2 July 2021 That balance between hope — or acceptance — and forbearance factors into all 10 stories in the collection, which offer an unrelenting clarity. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 Yun said homebuilders ramping up production and mortgage forbearance programs ending could increase inventory and reduce upward pressure on prices. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2021 Most consumers have stayed out of serious financial trouble lately, thanks to stimulus payments, loan-forbearance programs and other relief. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 28 June 2021 But there is little industrywide data on forbearance requests granted or mobile home repossession actions during the pandemic. New York Times, 22 June 2021 The report also stated that some 2.3 million homeowners were in active forbearance in early 2021, and that those in these circumstances were more likely to be households of color and/or have little equity in their homes. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, 17 June 2021 Is seeking loan forbearance a good strategy for homeowners during the pandemic? Ben Eisen, WSJ, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of forbearance

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for forbearance

see forbear entry 1

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The first known use of forbearance was in 1576

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19 Jul 2021

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“Forbearance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forbearance

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


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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