- to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.
- to give up all claim on account of; remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).
- to grant pardon to (a person).
- to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive one's enemies.
- to cancel an indebtedness or liability of: to forgive the interest owed on a loan.
- to pardon an offense or an offender.
Origin of forgive
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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.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
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
- to cease to blame or hold resentment against (someone or something)
- to grant pardon for (a mistake, wrongdoing, etc)
- (tr) to free or pardon (someone) from penalty
- (tr) to free from the obligation of (a debt, payment, etc)
Word Origin and History for forgivable
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.