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forgiving (comparative more forgiving, superlative most forgiving)

  1. Inclined to forgive.
    I am inclined to take a forgiving attitude, since this is his first offence.
  2. (computing) User-friendly, such that harmful mistakes are not easily made.
    • 2010, Roger S. Pressman, Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach, page 336:
      A good WebApp interface is understandable and forgiving, providing the user with a sense of control. [] Work is carefully and continuously saved, with full option for the user to undo any activity at any time.




  1. present participle and gerund of forgive


forgiving (plural forgivings)

  1. An act of forgiveness.
    • 1996, Bernard P. Dauenhauer, Citizenship in a Fragile World, page 58:
      And I receive your forgiveness only from you. A group's promises and forgivings are nothing more than the sum of its individual members' promises and forgivings.