AskDefine | Define forbearance

Dictionary Definition



1 good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence [syn: patience, longanimity] [ant: impatience]
2 a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting; "his forbearance to reply was alarming"

User Contributed Dictionary


Alternative spellings


  1. Restraint under provocation.
  2. A refraining from the enforcement of something (as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due.


restraint under provocation
not enforcing something due

See also

Extensive Definition

In the context of a mortgage process, forbearance is a special agreement between the lender and the borrower in order to delay a foreclosure.
Loan borrowers sometimes have problems with their payments due to unexpected circumstances. This may cause the lender to start the foreclosure process. To avoid this situation, the lender and the borrower have the option to make an agreement called "forbearance". According to this agreement, the lender delays his right to exercise foreclosure if the borrower could catch-up his payment schedule in a certain amount of time. This time-period and the payment plan depend on the details of the agreement which are accepted by both of the parties involved.
Note that forbearance is just for "temporary" financial problems. If the borrower has more serious problems, for example if it is a variable-rate mortgage and the interest rate become high enough so that the borrower cannot afford the payments anymore, then forbearance is usually not a solution.


See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandonment, abeyance, abjuration, abjurement, abnegation, acceptance, avoidance, avoiding reaction, benevolence, cessation, charitableness, charity, circumvention, clemency, clementness, cold storage, commiseration, compassion, condolence, condonation, constraint, defense mechanism, denial, desistance, discontinuance, disregard, dodge, duck, easiness, easygoingness, elusion, elusiveness, endurance, equivocation, escape, evasion, evasive action, evasiveness, favor, feeling, forbearing, forbearingness, forestalling, forestallment, forgiveness, forgivingness, fortitude, frugality, generousness, gentleness, getting around, golden mean, grace, humaneness, humanity, indulgence, jink, kindness, laxness, lenience, leniency, lenientness, lenity, long-sufferance, long-suffering, longanimity, magnanimity, mercifulness, mercy, mildness, mitigation, moderateness, moderation, neutrality, nonexercise, nonintervention, noninvolvement, nothing in excess, overlooking, pardon, pathos, patience, patience of Job, patientness, permissiveness, perseverance, pity, prevention, quarter, refraining, relief, relinquishment, renouncement, renunciation, reprieve, resignation, restraint, ruth, self-control, self-denial, self-discipline, self-mastery, self-pity, self-restraint, shunning, shunting off, shy, sidestep, sidetracking, slip, soberness, sobriety, softness, sophrosyne, stoicism, sufferance, suspension, sweet reasonableness, sympathy, temperance, temperateness, tenderness, the runaround, thoughtful, tolerance, toleration, uncomplainingness, unrevengefulness, waiting game, waiting it out, waiver, zigzag
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1