[ uhn-fer-giv-ing ]
/ ˌʌn fərˈgɪv ɪŋ /


not disposed to forgive or show mercy; unrelenting.
not allowing for mistakes, carelessness, or weakness: the unforgiving nature of aviation.

Origin of unforgiving

First recorded in 1705–15; un-1 + forgiving

OTHER WORDS FROM unforgiving

un·for·giv·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unforgiving

/ (ˌʌnfəˈɡɪvɪŋ) /


not willing to forgive; unmerciful
(of a machine, system, etc) allowing little or no opportunity for mistakes to be corrected
harsh and unremittingan unforgiving and desolate landscape
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