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
Recent Examples on the Web First, in an effort to ease traveler hesitancy during earlier days of the Covid crisis, hotels and airlines made cancellation policies much more forgiving. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Then again, the heart of the Eagles' defense had left for Green Bay as a free agent, and Philly fans are not very, uh, forgiving. Barry Wilner, ajc, 28 Sep. 2021 This overlooks a loss to an FCS team, Holy Cross, in Week 2, but the Huskies’ independent schedule hasn’t been been forgiving. Dom Amore,, 26 Sep. 2021 There still may be mistakes, but as long as cross-outs and bumpy white blotches are confined to a reasonable one or two per letter, the recipients — and Miss Manners — will most assuredly be forgiving. Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2021 From struggling to accept surrogacy to forgiving Wade for having a child with someone else, here are four revelations from Union's latest memoir. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2021 The teaser sees a broken and battered Kehlani emerge into a new world, one where Mother Nature seems a little less forgiving. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 14 Sep. 2021 The Week 5 game in Houston seems like a more forgiving starting point., 30 Aug. 2021 If the film is somewhat lopsidedly fixated on the Podalydès-Seydoux dynamic, Emmanuelle Devos ekes out an affecting cameo as a past lover made forgiving, even amused, by a struggle with cancer. Guy Lodge, Variety, 29 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of forgiving

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Forgiving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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