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forgiving

[ fer-giv-ing ]
/ fərˈgɪv ɪŋ /
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adjective
disposed to forgive; indicating forgiveness: a forgiving soul; a forgiving smile.
tolerant: The mountain is not forgiving of inexperienced climbers.
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Origin of forgiving

First recorded in 1680–90; forgive + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM forgiving

for·giv·ing·ly, adverbfor·giv·ing·ness, nounnon·for·giv·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for forgiving

forgiving
/ (fəˈɡɪvɪŋ) /

adjective
willing to forgive; merciful

Derived forms of forgiving

forgivingly, adverbforgivingness, noun
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