can be forgiven

idiom

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.

Examples of can be forgiven in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If payments are made for 12 straight months, as much as $8,000 can be forgiven. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2024 The Long Hangover In one light, Napoli can be forgiven its precipitous decline this season. Rory Smith, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2024 One can be forgiven for getting the impression that a whistleblower is a mythical creature of sorts, a person predestined for the righteous cause. Gordon Schnell, Fortune, 2 Jan. 2024 Hardman can be forgiven for the lapse after a season that must have seemed like a fever dream. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 In one light, Napoli can be forgiven its precipitous decline this season. Rory Smith, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2024 But that can be forgiven because of just how impressively the performers commit to their bits. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Apr. 2023 After two seemingly conflicting earnings reports this week, investors can be forgiven some confusion. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2023 To an extent, analysts can be forgiven for forgetting these facts. Joshua Shifrinson, Foreign Affairs, 17 Oct. 2023

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“Can be forgiven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/can%20be%20forgiven. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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