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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On December 21, 2018, President Trump signed First Step into law, which did not include any forgiving measures for immigrants like Daisy’s father. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Why Doesn't Criminal Justice Reform Doesn't Include Immigration Law?," 9 Jan. 2019 Ponchos account for the ever-changing climate, high-waisted pleat-front trousers promise a polished but forgiving silhouette, and printed denim looks great in a selfie—and on Mrs. Hailey Bieber. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Pre-Fall 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 But instead of changing the mobile policy to match the more forgiving TV-and-broadband policy, AT&T is changing the TV-and-broadband policy to match the more draconian terms of its cellular service. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T makes it more expensive to cancel DirecTV or Internet service," 3 Dec. 2018 The disclosure touched a nerve because the memory-chip business, historically one of the industry’s least forgiving sectors, has seen demand outstrip supply for two years. Jeran Wittenstein, The Seattle Times, "Record chip stock rally is fraying, reviving painful memories," 10 Sep. 2018 The course played long and wide, with limited rough and forgiving pin positions. Brian Costa, WSJ, "American Golfers Ponder Foreign Concept—Hitting Fairways," 27 Sep. 2018 If these numbers are even close to reality, the Lagoon will wind up being the most forgiving pair of headphones for people who make a habit of forgetting or misplacing their charger. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Beyerdynamic’s new wireless headphones put the LED lights where they belong: on the inside," 31 Aug. 2018 The medical board suspended Ozumba's medical license within a week of his 2017 arrest, a prompt move in a profession that often takes a more forgiving approach. Fox News, "Texas jury convicts doctor of sexually assaulting patient," 27 July 2018 But that dual-density XtraFoam midsole, which comprises a pliant inner ring and a denser outer ring, is soft and forgiving, designed to absorb energy rather than return it. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "First Impressions: The North Face’s 2019 Gear," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of forgiving

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of forgiving

: able or willing to forgive someone or something


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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