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 Borrowers who haven’t yet suspended payments can start a new forbearance through September, according to the Biden administration. New York Times, 18 July 2021 During a forbearance, the federal government does not pay the interest on any loans, subsidized or unsubsidized. Mark Kantrowitz, Forbes, 23 June 2021 The attorney asked the lender to cancel Tuesday’s foreclosure sale and grant a six-month forbearance. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Apr. 2021 The same goes for consumers who have temporarily stopped making mortgage payments through a forbearance. New York Times, Star Tribune, 27 Dec. 2020 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

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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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31 Jul 2021

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“Forbearance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 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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