[ fer-giv-ing ]
/ fərˈgɪv ɪŋ /


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 forms

for·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

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

    A Rough Shaking|George MacDonald
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for forgivingness


/ (fəˈɡɪvɪŋ) /


willing to forgive; merciful

Derived Forms

forgivingly, adverbforgivingness, noun
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