[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. forging,
  2. forgivable,
  3. forgive,
  4. forgive and forget,
  5. forgiveness,
  6. forgo,
  7. forgot,
  8. forgotten,
  9. forgotten man,
  10. forint

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

  • 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 Formsforgivingly, adverbforgivingness, noun

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Word Origin and History for forgivingness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper