Instead Mr. Emanuel uttered his indefensible but forgivable remark, and Ms. Palin called for him to be fired.
If all this were the setup for a coming-of-age story in which Important Lessons Are Learned, it would be forgivable.
And so I know that whatever might happen you would be forgivable.
That belief would be forgivable in him if it wasn't so often true.
Is it forgivable to bend across a man or woman and raise the window without a word of excuse, or a cordial smile of understanding?
"And that is the least forgivable form," said Lady Sellingworth.
It was not the sermon: he is quite a forgivable good man in his way.
"Sipping here and there," and a forgivable vanity lightened Warren's face.
Well, it is forgivable in them, but how can a Christian suffer?
Ireland is peculiarly rich in these forgivable vagaries about birds.
Old English forgiefan "give, grant, allow; forgive," also "to give up" and "to give in marriage;" from for- "completely" + giefan "give" (see give).
The modern sense of "to give up desire or power to punish" is from use of the compound as a Germanic loan-translation of Latin perdonare (cf. Old Saxon fargeban, Dutch vergeven, German vergeben, Gothic fragiban; see pardon). Related: Forgave; forgiven; forgiving.