forbearingness

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Forbear \For*bear"\ (f[o^]r*b[^a]r"), verb (used without an object) [imp. {Forbore}({Forbare}, [Obs.]); p. p. {Forborne}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forbearing}.] [OE. forberen, AS. forberan; pref. for- + beran to bear. See {Bear} to support.]

1. To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.

Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? --1 Kings xxii. 6.

2. To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.

Thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear. --Ezek. ii. 7.

3. To control one's self when provoked.

The kindest and the happiest pair Will find occasion to forbear. --Cowper.

Both bear and forbear. --Old Proverb.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Forbearing \For*bear"ing\, adjective Disposed or accustomed to forbear; patient; long-suffering. -- {For*bear"ing*ly}, adverb

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

forbearing

adjective

1: showing patient and unruffled self-control and restraint under adversity; slow to retaliate or express resentment; "seemly and forbearing...yet strong enough to resist aggression"; "was longanimous in the face of suffering" [syn: {forbearing}, {longanimous}]


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