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A.Word.A.Day--forbearance

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This week's theme: Words with hidden animals.

forbearance (for-BAIR-uhns) noun

1. Refraining from enforcing something, such as a right or a debt.

2. Tolerance, patience, restraint, or leniency.

[From forbear, from Old English forberan (to endure), from for- (away) + beran (to bear).]

See more usage examples of forbearance in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Now the Buddhists are fighting back -- with good thoughts, forbearance and chanting." Tim Elliott; Chant of the Scrub Turkey; Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Jun 19, 2007.

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