- willing to forgive; merciful
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- disposed to forgive:in a forgiving mood.
- offering the chance to recover from mistakes:[be + ~ + of]a slope that was forgiving of inexperienced skiers.
- disposed to forgive;
indicating forgiveness:a forgiving soul; a forgiving smile.
- tolerant:The mountain is not forgiving of inexperienced climbers.
- forgive + -ing2 1680–90
v. [usually not: be + ~-ing]
- to grant pardon for (an offense);
absolve: [~ + object]to forgive a sin.[no object]Forgive and go forward.
- to grant pardon to (a person): [~ + object]forgave him and told him to repent.[~ + object + object]forgave him his sins.
- to cease to feel resentment against:[~ + object]to forgive one's enemies.
- to cancel or remit (a debt, obligation, etc.):[~ + object]to forgive the interest owed on a loan.
- See excuse.
- to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.);
- to give up all claim on account of;
remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).
- to grant pardon to (a person).
- to cease to feel resentment against:to forgive one's enemies.
- to cancel an indebtedness or liability of:to forgive the interest owed on a loan.
- to pardon an offense or an offender.
- bef. 900; for- + give; replacing Middle English foryiven, Old English forgiefan
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See excuse.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged absolve, acquit.
- to cease to blame or hold resentment against (someone or something)
- to grant pardon for (a mistake, wrongdoing, etc)
- (transitive) to free or pardon (someone) from penalty
- (transitive) to free from the obligation of (a debt, payment, etc)
forˈgivable adj forˈgiver n