Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of forgiving; pardon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of forgiving.
  • n. Readiness to forgive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of forgiving; the state of being forgiven.
  • n. Disposition to pardon; willingness to forgive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of forgiving; the act of granting pardon, as for a wrong, offense, or sin; remission of an obligation, debt, or penalty; pardon.
  • n. Disposition or willingness to forgive or pardon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of excusing a mistake or offense
  • n. compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive

Etymologies

From forgiven + -ness. (Wiktionary)

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