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forbearance (n.)

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

updated on December 17, 2014

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Definitions of forbearance from WordNet

forbearance (n.)
good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence;
Synonyms: patience / longanimity
forbearance (n.)
a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting;
his forbearance to reply was alarming
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