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Noun: forbearance  for'beh-run(t)s or fu(r)'beh-run(t)s
  1. Good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
    - patience, longanimity
  2. A delay in enforcing rights, claims or privileges; refraining from acting
    "his forbearance to reply was alarming"

Derived forms: forbearances

Type of: delay, good nature, holdup

Antonym: impatience

Encyclopedia: Forbearance