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forgiving

[fer-giv-ing] /fərˈgɪv ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
disposed to forgive; indicating forgiveness:
a forgiving soul; a forgiving smile.
2.
tolerant:
The mountain is not forgiving of inexperienced climbers.
Origin of forgiving
1680-1690
1680-90; forgive + -ing2
Related forms
forgivingly, adverb
forgivingness, noun
nonforgiving, adjective
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  • As to what had taken place in the morning, he knew Clare's forgivingness, and despised him for it.

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

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for forgivingness

forgiving

/fəˈɡɪvɪŋ/
adjective
1.
willing to forgive; merciful
Derived Forms
forgivingly, adverb
forgivingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forgivingness

forgiving

adj.

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

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