Definition for FOR-BEAR-ANCE


  1. The act of avoiding, shunning or omitting; either the cessation or intermission of an act commenced, or a withholding from beginning an act. Liberty is the power of doing or forbearing an action, according as the doing or forbearance has a preference in the mind. The forbearance of sin is followed with satisfaction of mind.
  2. Command of temper; restraint of passions. Have a continent forbearance, till the speed of his rage goes slower. Shak.
  3. The exercise of patience; long suffering; indulgence toward those who injure us; lenity; delay of resentment or punishment. Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearance, and long suffering? Rom. ii.

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