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

  • adj. Inclined or able to forgive.
  • adj. Providing a margin for error or shortcomings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Inclined to forgive.
  • v. Present participle of forgive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Disposed to forgive; inclined to overlook offenses; mild; merciful; compassionate; placable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disposed to forgive; inclined to overlook offenses; mild; merciful; compassionate: as, a forgiving temper.

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

  • adj. providing absolution
  • adj. inclined or able to forgive and show mercy


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  • And again, I know how much the families of the victims are hurting, and rightfully, but Christ himself said there is no grace in forgiving your friends, but grace lies in forgiving your enemies.

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  • The airplane is as easy to fly today as it was back then, maybe actually easier, because now it has aerodynamic features that make it more forgiving from the standpoint of taking off and landing.

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  • I do believe in forgiving but I also believe in removing that person from the role in which he or she has abused.

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  • I know he had a reason for ... doing what he did but I can't see Kaylin forgiving him any time soon, even if she understands his reasons for doing so.

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  • I hate to say this because forgiving is a part of being a christian but this brother made it impossible.

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  • Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

    Faith of a Child

  • We knew it didn't always mean that someone else was right and you were wrong, but in forgiving someone, it meant that you were free of the burden of bitterness.

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  • Diaz marveled at her kindness in forgiving them for the injustice she had suffered.

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  • I shall always feel a difficulty in forgiving the bitter feelings and thoughts she has raised in me against numberless people.

    Selections from the Letters of Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury to Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • Contrast Am 7: 8, and "mark iniquities," Ps 130: 3. the remnant -- who shall be permitted to survive the previous judgment: the elect remnant of grace (Mic 4: 7; 5: 3, 7, 8). retaineth not ... anger -- (Ps 103: 9). delighteth in mercy -- God's forgiving is founded on His nature, which delights in loving-kindness, and is averse from wrath.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible


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