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[fawr-bair-uh ns] /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
1570-80; forbear1 + -ance
Related forms
nonforbearance, noun
1. abstinence. 2. tolerance, toleration, sufferance; indulgence. Unabridged
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  • There are some positive reasons for their forbearance.
  • Conversely, any property one is allowed to keep is yours only by the forbearance of government.
  • He also purchased from his own deeply skeptical party eighteen months of political forbearance.
  • And it doesn't include loans in deferment or forbearance even though those borrowers are unable to make payments.
  • Needless to say, the kids respond to him with forbearance for his oddities and affection for his merry humanism.
  • forbearance is an option available to students who may not be eligible for a deferment.
  • During forbearance, principal payments are postponed but interest continues to accrue.
  • The borrower is charged interest during a forbearance.
  • During forbearance, payments are temporarily postponed or reduced.
  • However, interest is still charged during the forbearance period.
British Dictionary definitions for forbearance


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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Word Origin and History for forbearance

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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