- 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
- Inclined or able to forgive.
- Providing a margin for error or shortcomings.
(comparative more forgiving, superlative most forgiving)
- Inclined to forgive.
- I am not very forgiving.
- Present participle of forgive.
Variant of forgive
transitive verbforgave, 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 of forgiveMiddle English forgeven ; from Old English forgiefan, forgifan (akin to German vergeben): see for- and amp; give
to show forgiveness; be inclined to forgive