[ fawr-bair-uhns ]
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  1. the act of forbearing; a refraining from something.

  2. forbearing conduct or quality; patient endurance; self-control: Their teacher exhibited great forbearance when the children started acting up in class.

  1. an abstaining from the enforcement of a right.

  2. Finance. a form of repayment relief granted by a lender that temporarily postpones payments due from a borrower, while interest on the loan typically continues to accrue: When he had difficulty making his monthly mortgage payments, the bank granted a forbearance, so he avoided foreclosure on his home.

Origin of forbearance

First recorded in 1570–80; forbear + -ance

Other words for forbearance

Other words from forbearance

  • non·for·bear·ance, noun

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How to use forbearance in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for forbearance


/ (fɔːˈbɛərəns) /

  1. the act of forbearing

  2. self-control; patience

  1. 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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