forgiving definition by Webster's New World
- that forgives; inclined to forgive
- designed or constructed so as to reduce the impact of mistakes, errors, stress, mishandling, etc. on performance: synthetic turf forgiving to an athlete's legs
forgiving definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Inclined or able to forgive.
- Providing a margin for error or shortcomings.
- for·givˈing·ly adverb
- for·givˈing·ness noun
Variant of forgive
transitive verb forgave, forgiven, forgiving
- to give up resentment against or the desire to punish; stop being angry with; pardon
- to give up all claim to punish or exact penalty for (an offense); overlook
- to cancel or remit (a debt)
Origin: Middle English forgeven ; from Old English forgiefan, forgifan (akin to German vergeben): see for- and amp; give
to show forgiveness; be inclined to forgive