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 (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>

Origin and Etymology of forbearance

see 1forbear


First Known Use: 1576


FORBEARANCE Defined for English Language Learners

forbearance

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

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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