for·​give·​ness | \ fər-ˈgiv-nəs How to pronounce forgiveness (audio) , fȯr- \

Definition of forgiveness

: the act of forgiving I ask for your forgiveness.

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Examples of forgiveness in a Sentence

She treats us with kindness and forgiveness. they asked her forgiveness for failing to invite her to the party
Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, companies that received Paycheck Protection Program loans for $150,000 or less can seek loan forgiveness through a new online portal. Tiffini Theisen,, 2 Sep. 2021 Dallas Public Library kicked off its semiannual fee forgiveness program, the Big Read Down, on Wednesday. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 Without explanation, the Justice Department declined to appeal a federal court injunction against a discriminatory loan-forgiveness program for farmers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2021 In addition to boosting salaries for the associate medical examiners in this year's regular session, the Legislature also created a loan-forgiveness program for pathologists at the Crime Lab. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 29 Aug. 2021 Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proposed service scholarships and loan forgiveness. Nancy Chen, CBS News, 25 Aug. 2021 The Biden Administration has been under intense pressure from Democrats to enact broad student debt forgiveness. Aj Willingham, CNN, 20 Aug. 2021 In addition to the debt forgiveness, Vaidya said, the university is also providing $250 bookstore vouchers to all undergraduate students this fall to help cover the cost of course books and supplies. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 23 July 2021 However, with both ending, this could signal a shift in policy that could have implications for wide-scale student loan forgiveness. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of forgiveness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forgiveness was before the 12th century

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23 Sep 2021

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“Forgiveness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forgiveness

: the act of forgiving someone or something
: the attitude of someone who is willing to forgive other people


for·​give·​ness | \ fər-ˈgiv-nəs How to pronounce forgiveness (audio) \

Kids Definition of forgiveness

: the act of ending anger at She asked for his forgiveness.

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