[n] the act of excusing a mistake or offense
[n] compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive
\For*give"ness\, n. [AS. forgifnes.]
1. The act of forgiving; the state of being forgiven; as, the forgiveness of sin or of injuries. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses. --Dan. ix.
9. In whom we have . . . the forgiveness of sin. --Eph. i.
2. Disposition to pardon; willingness to forgive. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. --Ps. cxxx. 3,