What does forbearance mean?

Definitions for forbearancefɔrˈbɛər əns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word forbearance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. patience, forbearance, longanimity(noun)

    good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence

  2. forbearance(noun)

    a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting

    "his forbearance to reply was alarming"


  1. forbearance(Noun)

    Restraint under provocation.

  2. forbearance(Noun)

    A refraining from the enforcement of something (as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forbearance(noun)

    the act of forbearing or waiting; the exercise of patience

  2. Forbearance(noun)

    the quality of being forbearing; indulgence toward offenders or enemies; long-suffering


  1. Forbearance

    In the context of a mortgage process, forbearance is a special agreement between the lender and the borrower to delay a foreclosure. The literal meaning of forbearance is “holding back.” Loan borrowers sometimes have problems making payments. This may cause the lender to start the foreclosure process. To avoid foreclosure, the lender and the borrower can make an agreement called "forbearance". According to this agreement, the lender delays his right to exercise foreclosure if the borrower can catch up to his payment schedule in a certain time. This period and the payment plan depend on the details of the agreement that are accepted by both parties. Forbearance is usually for temporary financial problems. If the borrower has more serious problems, for example if it is a variable-rate mortgage and the interest rate becomes unaffordable for the borrower, then forbearance is usually not a solution. When a lender offers a forbearance, they are taking control of the situation so that they can maneuver whichever way best serves the lender. The borrower is still responsible for the total monthly payment due each month, though they will accept the agreed forbearance amount. When the forbearance period is over the total amount of the original payments for that period is still due.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. forbearance

    1. To forgive an enemy who has been shorn of power. 2. To buy golden opinions of one's self. 3. To slay with irony or pity.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    The spirit of toleration shown when a man who knows, patiently listens to a fool who does not.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forbearance in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forbearance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye:

    In the terms of Title II with the appropriate forbearance we made the point that we really don't see this as negative for the industry at all.

  2. Jimmy Townsend:

    Marriage teaches you loyalty, forbearance, self-restraint, meekness, and a great many other things you wouldn't need if you had stayed single.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Tolerance/forbearance of one's differences/weaknesses is what gives rise to a lasting friendship/relationship. I mean, without tolerance/forbearance there can't/won't be any lasting friendship/relationship. Thus, be/remain tolerant/forbearing.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Tolerance or forbearance of one's differences or weaknesses is what gives rise to a lasting friendship or relationship. I mean, without tolerance or forbearance there can't/won't be any lasting friendship or relationship. Thus, be and remain tolerant or forbearing.

  5. Thomas a Kempis:

    Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others for thou has many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou are not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will

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Translations for forbearance

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • въздържаност, търпеливостBulgarian
  • shovívavost, zdrženlivostCzech
  • longanimitéFrench
  • воздержанность, терпение, терпимость, отсрочкаRussian

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