[ fawr-bair-uhns ]
/ fɔrˈbɛər əns /


the act of forbearing; a refraining from something.
forbearing conduct or quality; patient endurance; self-control.
an abstaining from the enforcement of a right.
a creditor's giving of indulgence after the day originally fixed for payment.

Origin of forbearance

First recorded in 1570–80; forbear1 + -ance

OTHER WORDS FROM forbearance

non·for·bear·ance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for forbearance

/ (fɔːˈbɛərəns) /


the act of forbearing
self-control; patience
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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