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


patience, tolerance, or self-control
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The word, forbearance, is commonly used in the field of law to indicate that a legal right, claim or privilege is not being enforced.
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  • She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
  • We are to be tested in our patience, our forbearance, our perseverance, our power to endure wrong...
  • As neither can CONTROL the other, each will have an obvious and sensible interest in this reciprocal forbearance.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • ...there are some traits in her character which make it difficult for me to speak of her with the forbearance I could wish.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma

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  • She really liked and admired Emily; and, as the elder woman and the hostess, she set an example of forbearance and good humor.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  I Say No
  • We are to be tested in our patience, our forbearance, our perseverance, our power to endure wrong...
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • I lose your company; therefore forbear a while.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • with the little godliness I have, I did full hard forbear him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • forbear this outrage!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • I counsel you by way of caution to forbear from crossing the moor in those dark hours when the powers of evil are exalted.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles

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  • Take of my fruit for others or forbear,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • It was rightly guessed that I could not forbear to redeem the Arkenstone, the treasure of my house.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • And I pray you, that ye will now forbear to do vengeance,
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • I could not forbear shaking my head, and smiling a little at his ignorance.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • For love of God, forbear him!
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • His looks were not quite friendly, and I was so revolted at these constant changes that I could not forbear whispering, "So you’ve changed sides again."
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • It was the cherished belief of each that he did more than his share of the work, and neither forbore to speak this belief at every opportunity.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Sister, forbear, or I shall hate thee soon, And the dead man will hate thee too, with cause.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Fiddler, forbear; you grow too forward, sir.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • But when I considered my father’s advice and prophecy, I could not forbear weeping; for he told me, "That if I did persist in my folly, I should not only be deprived of God’s blessing, but have time enough to reflect upon my despising his instructions,"
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • For fear of him the blissful gods forbore to manacle Zeus.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • His head turned toward the clearing with dreadful reluctance, as if he did not wish to look and yet could not forbear to.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • I made it a rule to forbear all direct contradiction to the sentiments of others
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Dear sir, forbear!
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • But in charity forbear to say ’I’ mentioned it, for ’tis death to speak of it, they say.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • We looked at each other, trembling on the brink of a quarrel, bitterness parting the threads of forbearance one by one,
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • I can hardly forbear hurling things at him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • I pressed it, and, satisfied with the discovery, forbore to upraise the sash.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • I forbore, for the moment, to analyze this description further...
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Forbear, and eat no more.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • to forbear the Ring
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • And I know not how, as the years pass, I shall bear to remember that it was once in my power to have probed the uttermost pit of Earth and that I forbore.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Till he come home again, I would forbear.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • Love, lend me patience to forbear awhile.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Either forbear, quit presently the chapel, or resolve you for more amazement.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • ...he could not forbear to stare,
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Sutpen never raised his voice at them, that instead he led them, caught them at the psychological instant by example, by some ascendancy of forbearance rather than by brute fear.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Forbear me.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Forbear, for shame, my lords.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • canst thou not forbear me half an hour?
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh moderately; or, to forbear both.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Forbear your conference with the noble duke.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • My night-blooming cereus throwed a flower tonight, and I couldn’t forbear to bring you it.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • Forbear; here’s company.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Forbear, foul ravisher,
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • Forbear thy threats:
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • he listened to all their impertinence with the most forbearing courtesy.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • This forbearance on his part on hot, cloudless days, if that is what it was and not simple laziness, was not good enough.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • ...and he seems to have felt pity for her, and forbearance towards her.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I’m sure the Congolese heard it every day for a hundred years while they had to forbear the Belgians.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
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