Instead Mr. Emanuel uttered his indefensible but forgivable remark, and Ms. Palin called for him to be fired.
If all this were the setup for a coming-of-age story in which Important Lessons Are Learned, it would be forgivable.
Why passing on the sacrament may be forgivable during cold and flu season.
Old English forgiefan "give, grant, allow; forgive," also "to give up" and "to give in marriage;" from for- "completely" + giefan "give" (see give).
The modern sense of "to give up desire or power to punish" is from use of the compound as a Germanic loan-translation of Latin perdonare (cf. Old Saxon fargeban, Dutch vergeven, German vergeben, Gothic fragiban; see pardon). Related: Forgave; forgiven; forgiving.