Definition of forgiving in English:

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Pronunciation: /fəˈɡɪvɪŋ/


1Ready and willing to forgive: Taylor was in a forgiving mood Perry is surprisingly forgiving of his stepfather
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  • This is the second time my bike has been stolen so I'm not in a forgiving mood now.
  • Now investors are feeling the pain and in a less forgiving mood when it comes to executive excess or wrongdoing.
  • It was lengthy and involved and I could see no one was in a forgiving mood.
1.1(Of a thing) easy or safe to deal with: snow is a forgiving surface on which to fall
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  • This tolerance is less forgiving than PCI and also requires layout designers to pay attention to an additional set of constraints.
  • From a practical standpoint, rubber is a forgiving material, able to withstand the abuse of heavy equipment and harsh chemicals, such as acetone and disinfectants.
  • Voice control of the computer holds promise, but crewmembers want something much more reliable on the machine side and much more forgiving of human error.



Pronunciation: /fəˈɡɪvɪŋli/
Example sentences
  • Hard-core still has a massive male market, but increasing numbers of women are turning on to the ‘softer’ side of sexual imagery or, as it's more forgivingly known, erotica.
  • Joe storms out to the pub and later returns to find that Cathie has submissively cleaned up the mess and is forgivingly waiting for him - in bed.
  • The formula features a sort of sing-by-committee affair that sometimes forgivingly uses three-part harmonies to drown out the nasal lead vocal mewling.
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