Definition of forbearing in English:



  • Patient and restrained.

    ‘he proved to be remarkably forbearing whenever I was impatient or angry’
    • ‘According to the way of thinking promoted by Horowitz and the Students for Academic Freedom, however, my forbearing critique would hardly have been enough to absolve the stain of the readings.’
    • ‘I shrug at the driver, a forbearing Asian man who shrugs back.’
    • ‘But the Labour Party has no tradition of back-stabbing its leaders: on the contrary, it has been very forbearing of them, even when a stab in the back might have been in everyone's interest.’
    • ‘John is a lonely gay man with a father fixation and a forbearing best friend (played by John Cardone with impish charm) who worries about the approach of middle age in the form of his 40th birthday.’
    • ‘Andrea wasn't the sort to nag, rather such a quiet, forbearing type that people would hold her up as an example.’
    • ‘The forbearing use of power does not only form a touchstone, but the manner in which an individual enjoys certain advantages over others is a test of a true gentleman.’
    • ‘‘I believe that is his daughter's name,’ replied the man with forbearing patience as he ran his eyes up the mast.’
    • ‘He would do the same if they acted according to His injunctions, and remained forbearing and just.’
    • ‘He was surprisingly forbearing about the fight Joe got into, much to Joe's astonishment.’
    • ‘And that's why evangelicals returned finally to scripture to see what he says about how one is rightly related to God with its implications for how to get along with others and loving others and being forbearing and so forth.’
    • ‘I suppose you Irish descendants are forbearing people?’
    • ‘I am a forbearing man, and I am still waiting for your answer to my proposal.’
    • ‘However, another character in the novel offers a less forbearing view of the parlous financial circumstances of the audit staff.’
    • ‘It conveyed a sense of forbearing and compassionate understanding in which the idea that people are human and mistakes are natural was embodied.’
    • ‘You're surrounded by amazingly patient, forbearing people, especially your parents.’
    • ‘I'm not always this forbearing - see the letters pages of this issue.’
    • ‘How would my friend know what a forbearing and saintly person I am if I didn't tell her the challenges I face from my neighbor?’
    • ‘‘You have been most forbearing with us during these difficult times,’ Yumni said.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the reverse is also true: killing that is not defensive in nature violates the demand of mercy that we should be forbearing and patient with a person unless he is dangerous to us.’
    • ‘If we are very forbearing, then something we would normally consider very painful will not appear so bad after all.’
    patient, tolerant, easy-going, forgiving, merciful, understanding, accommodating, indulgent, kind
    uncomplaining, long-suffering, resigned, stoical, stoic
    restrained, self-restrained, self-controlled, moderate, mild, easy, calm
    unflappable, cool
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