Definition of forgiving in English:



  • 1Ready and willing to forgive.

    ‘Taylor was in a forgiving mood’
    ‘Perry is surprisingly forgiving of his stepfather’
    • ‘He sat there with his head down, obviously out of shame, and I can understand that, but we are a forgiving bunch on this side of the Chamber.’
    • ‘Now, I don't entirely agree with his position but it also seems we are not very forgiving of critical perspectives on scientific and technological innovation.’
    • ‘Now investors are feeling the pain and in a less forgiving mood when it comes to executive excess or wrongdoing.’
    • ‘Richard, the upright and forgiving friend from whom Danny has grown apart over the years, hands him the story, offering him a lifeline from the past and rekindling a friendship for the future.’
    • ‘Throughout the cast, a peculiar kind of professionalism characterised a collection of poor performances which managed to be bad without ever having even a bit of forgiving personality.’
    • ‘Jacobs has a shrewd, if forgiving eye and, given his background as son of a poor black southern bar-owner, an endearing sense of the absurdity of the world he found himself in.’
    • ‘Americans are a forgiving people, a compassionate people, a people who are always ready to give a guy a second chance.’
    • ‘But as I have said earlier, the audience can be very forgiving (and sometimes inanely lauding) if the director is very giving.’
    • ‘She was usually such an easy-going and forgiving kid; it just wasn't like her to be so stubborn.’
    • ‘Business leaders, at least, seem in a forgiving mood.’
    • ‘I can't be sensitive and forgiving and compassionate 24 hours a day.’
    • ‘Our attempts at being nonjudgemental, forgiving and compassionate are feeble.’
    • ‘This is the second time my bike has been stolen so I'm not in a forgiving mood now.’
    • ‘It was lengthy and involved and I could see no one was in a forgiving mood.’
    • ‘It was just bad luck for him that I wasn't in a forgiving mood.’
    • ‘It's been suggested that having terminal cancer has made me more forgiving and magnanimous, since death is approaching at considerable speed.’
    • ‘She is the Eternal Feminine, forgiving and compassionate and able to reconcile terrorist and victim with her abounding sweetness.’
    • ‘And yet every tale is delivered with a forgiving chuckle, every outrage defused by the affectionate admiration that Davis couldn't help inspiring in his victims.’
    • ‘The poor fools, they don't know what they are doing, he concluded, and he was able to establish a forgiving and understanding state of being.’
    • ‘On reflection, we usually saw the wisdom of her more forgiving approach and learned that working cooperatively achieved more in the long run and certainly made life much more pleasant.’
    merciful, lenient, compassionate, pitying, magnanimous, humane, clement, mild, soft-hearted, forbearing, tolerant, easy-going, indulgent, accommodating, understanding, placable
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    1. 1.1 (of a thing) easy or safe to deal with.
      ‘snow is a forgiving surface on which to fall’
      • ‘It's a forgiving recipe, so experiment a bit.’
      • ‘And improvisations are very forgiving - entered into in the spirit of ‘What's to lose?’’
      • ‘The forgiving rims in the arena were nothing but help for the long-distance shooting Gaels, who mostly relied on points from behind the arch to stay in the game.’
      • ‘There is a forgiving, arcade-style quality to the ride, as well as a helpful cornering aid, with arrows turning green once you have slowed to the optimum speed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hypothetically speaking, even if there is a zero per cent chance of something going wrong on this first pilot run, what about all the other students who do not have the luxury of a forgiving schedule?’
      • ‘This tolerance is less forgiving than PCI and also requires layout designers to pay attention to an additional set of constraints.’
      • ‘Many of us live in a forgiving environment where people have the leisure to explore ways of changing their very selves, at the physical, social and spiritual levels.’
      • ‘Podocarpus macrophyllus, a relative of the yew, is also very forgiving, growing to only 15 ft, hardy and good in shade.’
      • ‘They are more forgiving if the temperature's not perfect.’
      • ‘Even when you hit a bum chord the guitar can make a lovely sound, which means it is a far more forgiving instrument than the descant recorder I played in Primary 5.’