Definition of forbearance in US English:



  • 1Patient self-control; restraint and tolerance.

    ‘forbearance from taking action’
    • ‘Tolerance as forbearance leads to individuals who act without discrimination out of restraint but in fact remain intolerant in thoughts and beliefs.’
    • ‘A gentleman, he's serious, polite, professional, even forbidding at first, emitting an air of patient forbearance.’
    • ‘We thank all riders for their patience and forbearance.’
    • ‘Relief of pain must be balanced by our understanding of the moral education which illness can supply, evoking courage, forbearance and patience.’
    • ‘We would like to thank members of the public who travel between York, Scarborough and beyond for their patience and forbearance during these difficult times.’
    • ‘All around, patience and forbearance are running thin.’
    • ‘If you have enough patience and forbearance, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much of you people want, and how much they're willing to pay for it.’
    • ‘If we are asking for forbearance from our patrons then we must show our commitment to them.’
    • ‘We would ask road users to show forbearance and patience.’
    • ‘In a speech in 1906, Norton Parker Chipman recalled that his friend Abraham Lincoln was ‘firm as the granite hills,’ yet capable of great patience and forbearance.’
    • ‘In all probability, patience, forbearance, and restraint would have conquered their hearts.’
    • ‘It is simply ridiculous; no one has shown more tolerance or forbearance than me.’
    • ‘And thank you for your forbearance and your extraordinary patience today as we celebrate the dedication of this extraordinary institution.’
    • ‘Travel widens horizons in more ways than one, and makes people wiser and more mature, besides developing the qualities of tolerance and forbearance.’
    • ‘In moral philosophy, feeling shame has generally been considered a natural disposition or sensation, and the fear of incurring it an universal motive for action or forbearance from antiquity onwards.’
    • ‘He too joined in the thanks and compliments to the count staff and thanked the candidates and their agents for their courtesy, patience and forbearance throughout a long and arduous process.’
    • ‘We legislate them for ourselves, and also for others, when we demand respect or civility or forbearance from them.’
    • ‘If we have not learned a lesson of forbearance from studying the rise and fall of the Langford campfire myth, we surely must learn it from the ghosts of Kaibab deer and Chief Seattle.’
    • ‘And crown thy good with compassion and restraint and forbearance and a commitment to peace, to democracy, to economic justice here at home and throughout the world.’
    • ‘In my case, I saw that with a little patience and forbearance, the moderate majority on both sides could probably have come to terms with each other ages ago - if the vested interests of extremists were not threatened by any accommodation.’
    tolerance, toleration, patience, resignation, endurance, fortitude, stoicism, long-sufferingness, leniency, lenity, clemency, indulgence
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    1. 1.1Law The action of refraining from exercising a legal right, especially enforcing the payment of a debt.
      • ‘But where the promise provided an inducement for the act or forbearance, the requirement of consideration is satisfied even though there were also other inducements operating on the promisee's mind.’
      • ‘Whether it be called waiver or forbearance on his part, or an agreed variation of substituted performance, does not matter.’
      • ‘The forbearance made no difference; it was not of any value.’
      • ‘The remuneration had allegedly been paid at a time when the company was known by its directors to be making losses and to be unable to pay its debts without forbearance from its creditors, but there was no allegation of fraud.’
      • ‘The message of this judgment is that when promises of payment on pleas for forbearance are made, the commercial creditor is well advised to ask to have an agreement in writing signed by the promisee.’