• WordNet 3.6
    • n forbearance a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting "his forbearance to reply was alarming"
    • n forbearance good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Forbearance The act of forbearing or waiting; the exercise of patience. "He soon shall find Forbearance no acquittance ere day end."
    • Forbearance The quality of being forbearing; indulgence toward offenders or enemies; long-suffering.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n forbearance The act or state of forbearing; the cessation or intermission of an act commenced, or a refraining from beginning an act.
    • n forbearance Command of temper; restraint of passions; long-suffering; indulgence toward an offender or injurer; lenity.
    • n forbearance In law, an abstaining from the enforcement of a right; specifically, a creditor's giving of indulgence after the day originally fixed for payment: as, the loan or forbearance of money.
    • n forbearance A withdrawing; a keeping aloof.
    • n forbearance Synonyms Abstinence, refraining.
    • n forbearance Patience, indulgence, mildness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Forbearance exercise of patience: command of temper: clemency
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.”
  • Ovid
    “Forbear to lay the guilt of a few on the many.”
  • Epictetus
    “The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.”
  • Samuel Smiles
    “The wise man... if he would live at peace with others, he will bear and forbear.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it?”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. forberan, pa.t. forbær, pa.p. forboren. See pfx. for- and bear.


In literature:

Still, I should beg your forbearance as long as possible.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Now my forbearance in her breast allures Audacious wishes.
"Iphigenia in Tauris" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I am ready to suffer anything, provided only you will forbear to insult the memory of my mother.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
The circumstance to which he owed the unlooked-for and most unwonted forbearance of his enemy was quickly revealed.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
Can my God his wrath forbear?
"The Otterbein Hymnal" by Edmund S. Lorenz
Forbear this search, I'll think you more than mortal; Will you yet hear me?
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
The conclusion of the same letter is so characteristic, that I cannot forbear to transcribe it.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
It is impossible to answer for the forbearance of our western citizens.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Above all, they need tender forbearance.
"The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)" by Marion Harland
Elinor comprehended his silence better, and she loved him more intensely for his forbearance.
"Mark Hurdlestone" by Susanna Moodie

In poetry:

My boat is small, the boatman cried,
This dangerous haste forbear!
Wait other aid, this little bark
But one from hence can bear.
"Lord William" by Robert Southey
Or where the moss forbears to creep
Where loftier summits rear
Their untrod snow, and frozen sleep
Locks all the uncolour'd year:
"Hymn Written Among The Alps" by Helen Maria Williams
Forbear, fond love, the cause to seek,
That fills these tearful eyes;
Forbear the reason to inquire,
That bids these sorrows rise.
"To ------" by Charlotte Dacre
He bids the sun forbear to rise,
Th' obedient sun forbears;
His hand with sackcloth spreads the skies,
And seals up all the stars.
"Hymn 86" by Isaac Watts
But, till the music stirs and swells
Within my breast, forbearing be;
Nor lightly waken slumbering bells
Above a silent sanctuary!
"The Silent Muse" by Alfred Austin
The joys, the cares
Which crowd our earthly being here,
He portions in His wisdom, and forbears
When heavier than our strength can bear.
"God always nigh" by John Bowring

In news:

Ruthlessness becomes forbearance, guilt is innocence, and whites who "discredit blacks and deny their difficulties" are really only suffering a form of denial that "to blacks.
In Oga, in northern Japan, Ryoko Mori, a Buddhist priest, visited a household, marking the anniversary of a forbear's death.
One of the most striking features of the turn the presidential race has taken since the first debate in Denver is the forbearance of conservatives toward Mitt Romney's turn toward a more moderate tone.
Sallie Mae Student Loan Borrowers who Suspend Their Payments Won't be Required to Pay Forbearance Fees Until After They Resume Regular Payments.
Sallie Mae Updates Forbearance Policy After Backlash.
Freddie Mac extends forbearance for jobless borrowers.
Freddie Mac announced Friday that it is giving mortgage servicers authority to give unemployed borrowers with Freddie Mac owned or guaranteed mortgages six month of forbearance without prior approval from the giant mortgage lender.
LLC announced that it has entered into a forbearance agreement with its revolving and term lenders.
They could have maintained a gentlemanly forbearance.
So far, the occupation encampments of the "American autumn" have been treated with far more official forbearance.
Bless the troops for their bravery and forbearance.
Understand the Pros and Cons of Deferment and Forbearance.
Hawker Beechcraft yesterday secured more time to solve its debt problems through a restructuring plan, with lenders granting a 90-day forbearance agreement.
Pride in One's Forbears, West Kentucky Highland Festival 2012.
The first thing to be said about J. Edgar, the biopic about the late FBI director, is that it is an unexpectedly forbearing, even pitying look at J.

In science:

We are grateful to: Gary Bower, Reinhard Brinkman, Jean-Pierre Delahaye, Gilbert Guignard, Tor Raubenheimer, Ron Ruth, Nobu Toge, Nick Walker, to many more for lively contributions to the discussion, and to countless others for their patience, forbearance and good humour during our proceedings.
Summary of Discussion Question 4: Energy Expandability of a Linear Collider