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

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 Remove the lid and continue cooking until the meat reaches at least 165 degrees (a little higher is fine, as dark meat is forgiving) and the vegetables are tender, an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 Trump-embracing national Republicans are ready to be forgiving as well. Edward-isaac Dovere And Michael Warren, CNN, 23 Dec. 2021 Try to find a balance between having fun and getting things done, and be forgiving of yourself. Tarot Astrologers,, 13 Sep. 2021 And when an overall trailer for the series dropped a couple of months ago on YouTube, commenters were more forgiving. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 There is no room for shortcuts here, as consumers are less forgiving than ever. Jazz Gill, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Forgotten Land continues that tradition by being incredibly forgiving. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 23 Mar. 2022 Investors in these assets are now facing a rising interest-rate environment that stands to be much less forgiving to unprofitable firms or those trading at high valuations. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, 13 Feb. 2022 Teach them discipline and respect, teach them to be loving and forgiving but also justice. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 18 May. 2022.

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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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