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forbearance

[fawr-bair-uh ns] /fɔrˈbɛər əns/
noun
1.
the act of forbearing; a refraining from something.
2.
forbearing conduct or quality; patient endurance; self-control.
3.
an abstaining from the enforcement of a right.
4.
a creditor's giving of indulgence after the day originally fixed for payment.
Origin of forbearance
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; forbear1 + -ance
Related forms
nonforbearance, noun
Synonyms
1. abstinence. 2. tolerance, toleration, sufferance; indulgence.
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  • It was the greatest stretch of forbearance I could practise.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • You must suppress your gratitude, and endeavour to forget my forbearance in the matter of the bracelet.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • He did not understand the law or appreciate their forbearance.

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    James Anthony Froude
  • There is a limit to forbearance and I considered that limit reached.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • When the memory of it returns to me I marvel at my own forbearance.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • She had been badly dealt with by her allies, but forbearance was her rule of living.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
British Dictionary definitions for forbearance

forbearance

/fɔːˈbɛərəns/
noun
1.
the act of forbearing
2.
self-control; patience
3.
(law) abstention from or postponement of the enforcement of a legal right, esp by a creditor allowing his debtor time to pay
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Word Origin and History for forbearance
n.

1570s, originally legal, in reference to enforcement of debt obligations, from forbear (v.) + -ance. General sense of "refraining from" is from 1590s.

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