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.
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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