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 The schedule isn’t particularly forgiving, either; the Wolverines’ two crossover games are against the Big Ten West’s top two teams from 2019. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football, Michigan State football record predictions: Both will be mediocre," 20 Sep. 2020 Even tour operators accustomed to forgiving policies are updating them. Sunny Fitzgerald, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Ways Travel Has Become More Accessible During the Pandemic," 1 Sep. 2020 In the wake of the accident, Barry apparently showed a kind and forgiving nature, as Kim described on the family website. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Who is Barry Plath? Everything We Know About the Star of 'Welcome to Plathville'," 6 Jan. 2020 Thankfully, placement has become more forgiving as charging technology has improved and multi-coil designs have rolled out. Simon Hill, Wired, "My Doomed Search for a Bedside Wireless Phone Charger," 5 Sep. 2020 As the name suggests, the Breezy tank is made with ultra-breathable fabric that reviewers say is loose enough to be comfortable and forgiving, yet fitted enough to still be flattering. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "The 10 most popular things to buy at Athleta," 2 Sep. 2020 And shoppers suddenly became quite forgiving of delivery delays. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Did Amazon just win over some loyal Walmart shoppers?," 20 Aug. 2020 And shoppers suddenly became quite forgiving of delivery delays. Spencer Soper,, "Amazon wins loyal Walmart shoppers as Americans stampede online," 12 Aug. 2020 Republicans sought on Tuesday to show a more forgiving side of a combative president. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Before Republicans’ night 3, scant mention of brewing crises," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of forgiving

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2020

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“Forgiving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce forgiving (audio)

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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