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Possibly continuing Middle English forgetenes (forgetfulness); or recreated in modern times from forget +‎ -ness on analogy with forgiveness.


forgetness (uncountable)

  1. (rare, nonstandard) The act of forgetting, or any property associated with it; oblivion; forgetfulness; obliviousness.
    • 1893, The Pulpit: A Magazine of Sermons[1], volume 8, page 289:
      Oh, how many of us must charge our hearts to-day with forgetness!
    • 1999, James Joyce, Finnegans Wake:
      [] but to think of him foundling a nelliza the second, also cliptbuss (the best was still there if the torso was gone) where he did and when he did, retriever to the last — escapes my forgetness now was it dust-covered, []
    • 2008, Shahnaz Bahman, Helen Maffini, Developing Children's Emotional Intelligence:
      While working they manage to reach a level of what Goleman (1995) calls 'flow', which is a state of 'self-forgetness' as a result of being engrossed in the task at hand.
    • 2000, Gavin Frost, Yvonne Frost, The Witch's Magical Handbook:
      If you were to visit a Christian church, you would hear a lot about forgiveness: [] . Instead of forgiveness, it is useful to strive for forgetness, and simply leave behind the pain of the past.
    • 2012, Curtis L. Thompson, Joyce M. Cuff, God and Nature:
      [...]: he comes to understand God's forgiveness in terms of forgetness, and that recognition brings with it a new understanding of the Christian life of faith as entailing not merely belief but praxis or the expressing of love in community.
    • 2014, Abdul-Hussayn Sharafiddeen al-Musawi, Abu Hurayra:
      We have not found that such forgetness happened to any of the prophets especially the master and the last of them (peace be upon them).
    • 2014, Elise I. Guari, Divorcing with Dignity:
      Once those feelings are identified then the people involved need to be sure they are clear on what happened. Finally, there is a decision to move past it and not allow the hurt to continue or to drive their feelings. Forgiveness is not forgetness.