verb (used with object), for·gave, for·giv·en, for·giv·ing.
verb (used without object), for·gave, for·giv·en, for·giv·ing.
- forgive and forget,
Origin of forgive
Examples from the Web for forgivable
If all this were the setup for a coming-of-age story in which Important Lessons Are Learned, it would be forgivable.
Instead Mr. Emanuel uttered his indefensible but forgivable remark, and Ms. Palin called for him to be fired.
"Sipping here and there," and a forgivable vanity lightened Warren's face.The Voice on the Wire|Eustace Hale Ball
Ireland is peculiarly rich in these forgivable vagaries about birds.
verb -gives, -giving, -gave or -given
Word Origin for forgive
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.