forbearing

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English forbering, forberyng, vorberinge, equivalent to forbear +‎ -ing.

Noun[edit]

forbearing (countable and uncountable, plural forbearings)

  1. forbearance; restraint
    • 1833, John Fletcher, The Works of the Reverend John Fletcher, volume 2, page 443:
      "As God's forbearing to create more worlds than he has, is no impeachment of his omnipotence: so his forbearing to save as many as he might, is no impeachment of his infinite mercy."

Etymology 2[edit]

From forbear +‎ -ing.

Adjective[edit]

forbearing (comparative more forbearing, superlative most forbearing)

  1. Characterized by patience and indulgence; long-suffering
    a forbearing temper
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Verb[edit]

forbearing

  1. present participle of forbear