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Multiple Meanings
forbearance

She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control

The form, forbears is typically a verb, but can be an alternate spelling of the noun forebears; i.e., ancestors. Note that these words put the emphasis on different syllables:  for-BEARS v. FORE-bears
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