verb (used with object), for·gave, for·giv·en, for·giv·ing.
verb (used without object), for·gave, for·giv·en, for·giv·ing.
Origin of forgive
Synonyms for forgive
Examples from the Web for forgivable
Contemporary Examples of forgivable
If all this were the setup for a coming-of-age story in which Important Lessons Are Learned, it would be forgivable.Lisa Baron's Salacious Memoir
June 13, 2011
Instead Mr. Emanuel uttered his indefensible but forgivable remark, and Ms. Palin called for him to be fired.Limbaugh's Latest Shameful Outburst
February 5, 2010
Historical Examples of forgivable
That belief would be forgivable in him if it wasn't so often true.Measure for a Loner
James Judson Harmon
Well, it is forgivable in them, but how can a Christian suffer?
"And that is the least forgivable form," said Lady Sellingworth.December Love
And so I know that whatever might happen you would be forgivable.The Tigress
It was not the sermon: he is quite a forgivable good man in his way.An Englishwoman's Love-Letters
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.