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Forbearance, 1) act of abstaining, refraining: “true noblesse would learn him f. from so foul a wrong,” R2 IV, 120. “me of my lawful pleasure she restrained and prayed me oft f.” Cymb. II, 5, 10.
2) reserve: “here is a mannerly f.” H6A II, 4, 19. “one of your great knowing should learn f.” Cymb. II, 3, 103.
3) act of withdrawing, keeping aloof: “I crave your f. a little,” Meas. IV, 1, 22. “have a continent f. till the speed of his rage goes slower,” Lr. I, 2, 182; cf. v. Lr. I, 2, 182
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