disposed to forgive; indicating forgiveness: a forgiving soul; a forgiving smile.
tolerant: The mountain is not forgiving of inexperienced climbers.

Origin of forgiving

First recorded in 1680–90; forgive + -ing2
Related formsfor·giv·ing·ly, adverbfor·giv·ing·ness, nounnon·for·giv·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forgivingness

Historical Examples of forgivingness

  • This reconciliation on the fall of the sword was a token of the forgivingness of the North toward the chastened foes.

    The Lincoln Story Book

    Henry L. Williams

  • Tenney stood there, his heart swelling within him at the contrast between the child's forgivingness and her cruelty.

    Old Crow

    Alice Brown

  • As to what had taken place in the morning, he knew Clare's forgivingness, and despised him for it.

    A Rough Shaking

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for forgivingness



willing to forgive; merciful
Derived Formsforgivingly, adverbforgivingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forgivingness



"inclined to forgive," 1680s, from present participle of forgive. Related: Forgivingness.

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