can be forgiven

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of can be forgiven

used to say that what a person does or feels is understandable or that a person should not be blamed for doing or feeling something
  • He can be forgiven for feeling this way after all he's been through.

Word by Word Definitions

can play
  1. : know, understand

  2. : to be able to do, make, or accomplish

  3. : to have knowledge or skill

  1. : a usually cylindrical receptacle:

  2. : a vessel for holding liquids

  3. : a usually metal typically cylindrical receptacle usually with an open top, often with a removable cover, and sometimes with a spout or side handles (as for holding liquid or trash)

  1. : to put in a can : preserve by sealing in airtight cans or jars

  2. : to hit (a golf shot) into the cup

  3. : to hit (a shot) in basketball

forgive play forgiven
  1. : to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) : pardon

  2. : to give up resentment of or claim to requital (see requital 1) for

  3. : to grant relief from payment of


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