Forgiving For*giv"ing, a. Disposed to forgive; inclined to overlook offenses; mild; merciful; compassionate; placable; as, a forgiving temper. -- {For*giv"ing*ly}, adv. -- {For*giv"ing*ness}, n. --J. C. Shairp. [1913 Webster]

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  • Forgiving — Forgive For*give , v. t. [imp. {Forgave}; p. p. {Forgiven}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forgiving}] [OE. forgiven, foryiven, foryeven, AS. forgiefan, forgifan; perh. for + giefan, gifan to give; cf. D. vergeven, G. vergeben, Icel. fyrirgefa, Sw. f?rgifva,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forgiving — adjective Date: 1623 1. willing or able to forgive 2. allowing room for error or weakness < designed to be a forgiving tennis racquet > • forgivingly adverb • forgivingness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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