from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A forgiving disposition or act.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a tendency to be kind and forgiving.

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

  • noun tendency to be kind and forgiving


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  • The calmness and the overwhelming forgivingness is just not believiable.

    Jenny Sanford on her husband: 'The ball is in his court'

  • We are bringing this humaneness, this forgivingness, saying to the people of New Orleans, you are with us during the times of apartheid.

    CNN Transcript Feb 25, 2006

  • Sir Charles, by his admirable address, made her tolerably easy by dinner-time, on the subject of her friends expected arrival: and she once owned, that she should be transported with joy to see her father, mother, and Jeronymo, could she assure herself, that she should see them with forgivingness in their countenance.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • They won't have our nostalgia or fannish forgivingness should they investigate the old series and its perpetual lack of time and money - they'll expect the same high production standards as the new show.

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  • "President Mandela should have a good understanding of how political resentment is formed," he said, asking that Ratte's offence be seen as a political crime and treated with forgivingness.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • These would eventually lead democratic industrial societies to return to the norms of “certain uncultured peoples whose lives are passed in peaceful occupations, ... honesty, truth - fulness, forgivingness, kindness.”


  • Time has given a strange humility and forgivingness to the woman who broke with her dearest friend, the unfortunate Duc de Montmorency, because he presumed to lift his eyes to the Queen, saying that she "could not receive pleasantly the regards which she had to share with the greatest princess in the world."

    The Women of the French Salons

  • 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

  • Yet she did it by erecting a monument to her forgetfulness, or forgivingness, in the shape of a college-preparatory school for Chinese boys, and is using part of her yearly indemnity fund to maintain it; and "Lest we forget" is written large upon its walls.

    Peking Dust

  • At the end of the drama Valentine displays the gentle forgivingness of disposition which we have already had reason to regard as one of Shakespeare's most marked characteristics.

    The Man Shakespeare


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