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Pronunciation:  for'behruns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting; "his forbearance to reply was alarming"
  2. [n]  good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence

FORBEARANCE is a 11 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: longanimity, patience
 Antonyms: impatience
 See Also: delay, good nature, holdup



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\For*bear"ance\, n.
The act of forbearing or waiting; the exercise of patience.

      He soon shall findForbearance no acquittance ere day
      end.                                     --Milton.

2. The quality of being forbearing; indulgence toward
   offenders or enemies; long-suffering.

         Have a continent forbearance, till the speed of his
         rage goe? slower.                     --Shak.

Syn: Abstinence; refraining; lenity; mildness.

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