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Definition of "forbearance" []

  • The act of forbearing. (noun)
  • Tolerance and restraint in the face of provocation; patience. See Synonyms at patience. (noun)
  • The quality of being forbearing. (noun)
  • Law The act of a creditor who refrains from enforcing a debt when it falls due. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "forbearance" in a sentence
  • "_Which_, retaining its office as connective, may as an adjective accompany its noun; as, I craved his forbearance a little longer, _which forbearance_ he allowed me.] +A _Personal Pronoun_ is a pronoun that by its form denotes the speaker, the one spoken to, or the one spoken of+."
  • "Sometimes begging by good customers can win forbearance, but usually we are held to the written terms of the contract no matter how buried or convoluted the clause in question may be."
  • "We have bought into instant gratification for so long the concept of patience and forbearance is moribund."