Definition of forbearing in US English:



  • (of a person) patient and restrained.

    ‘he proved to be remarkably forbearing whenever I was impatient or angry’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was surprisingly forbearing about the fight Joe got into, much to Joe's astonishment.’
    • ‘I suppose you Irish descendants are forbearing people?’
    • ‘He would do the same if they acted according to His injunctions, and remained forbearing and just.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It conveyed a sense of forbearing and compassionate understanding in which the idea that people are human and mistakes are natural was embodied.’
    • ‘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 believe that is his daughter's name,’ replied the man with forbearing patience as he ran his eyes up the mast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm not always this forbearing - see the letters pages of this issue.’
    • ‘Andrea wasn't the sort to nag, rather such a quiet, forbearing type that people would hold her up as an example.’
    • ‘I am a forbearing man, and I am still waiting for your answer to my proposal.’
    • ‘If we are very forbearing, then something we would normally consider very painful will not appear so bad after all.’
    • ‘However, another character in the novel offers a less forbearing view of the parlous financial circumstances of the audit staff.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘I shrug at the driver, a forbearing Asian man who shrugs back.’
    • ‘You're surrounded by amazingly patient, forbearing people, especially your parents.’
    • ‘‘You have been most forbearing with us during these difficult times,’ Yumni said.’
    patient, tolerant, easy-going, forgiving, merciful, understanding, accommodating, indulgent, kind
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