forgiving

adjective
for·​giv·​ing | \ fər-ˈgi-viŋ How to pronounce forgiving (audio) , fȯr-\

Definition of forgiving

1 : willing or able to forgive
2 : allowing room for error or weakness designed to be a forgiving tennis racquet

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Other Words from forgiving

forgivingly adverb
forgivingness noun

Examples of forgiving in a Sentence

a person with a forgiving nature

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Biden suggested that some of his rivals favor immigration laws that are far too forgiving. Author: Steve Peoples, Sara Burnett, Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats’ divisions in debates test Biden’s front-runner strength," 1 Aug. 2019 Biden suggested that some of his rivals favor immigration laws that are far too forgiving. Steve Peoples And Sara Burnett, Houston Chronicle, "Democrats' divisions test Biden's front-runner strength," 1 Aug. 2019 Metro areas can reduce these types of pollution by updating aging water infrastructure and designing with more forgiving surfaces—such as permeable pavements, rooftop gardens and green spaces—that can cut down on runoff pollution, Rumpler says. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Your Summer Beach Trip Could Put You at Risk of Getting Sick. Here's What You Need to Know," 24 July 2019 This is a very forgiving case to work inside, and the structural support bar in the center also makes a great place to tie off cables. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "I updated my crusty old Pentium G-based server—the results are worth sharing," 8 July 2019 Biden suggested that some of his rivals favor immigration laws that are far too forgiving. Author: Steve Peoples, Sara Burnett, Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats’ divisions in debates test Biden’s front-runner strength," 1 Aug. 2019 Biden suggested that some of his rivals favor immigration laws that are far too forgiving. Steve Peoples And Sara Burnett, Houston Chronicle, "Democrats' divisions test Biden's front-runner strength," 1 Aug. 2019 Biden suggested that some of his rivals favor immigration laws that are far too forgiving. Anna Staver, The Denver Post, "Democratic debate: Michael Bennet strikes a chord on school inequality," 31 July 2019 And while Australia will be at pains to point out that is moved on from one of the most shameful episodes in its cricket history, others are not so forgiving. Warner and Smith, two of the world's most well known players, were banned for a year. James Masters, CNN, "The Ashes: Sledging and the bitter fight for iconic minuscule trophy," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of forgiving

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for forgiving

forgiving

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forgiving

: able or willing to forgive someone or something

forgiving

adjective
for·​giv·​ing | \ fər-ˈgi-viŋ\

Kids Definition of forgiving

: willing or ready to excuse an error or offense a forgiving person

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