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(one) could be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this country could be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You could be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes for the last five years.
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(one) might be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this country might be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You might be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes for the last five years.
See also: forgive, might

(one) will be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this country will be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You'll be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes for the last five years.
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(one) would be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this country would be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You would be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes for the last five years.
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forgive (someone) for (something)

To absolve or pardon someone for a misdeed or slight. I don't think she'll ever be able to forgive Jack for cheating on her. Please forgive me, I have the worst memory—what's your name again?
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forgive and forget

To forgive someone and (attempt to) forget that the wrong they committed ever happened. I really do want to move on, but I just can't forgive and forget that you tried to steal my boyfriend!
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God forgive me

A phrase commonly said in conjunction with a rude or otherwise unkind or inappropriate statement. God forgive me, but Lois is just so exhausting to deal with.
See also: forgive, god

to err is human (to forgive is divine)

Being fallible and making mistakes is inherent to being a human, and forgiving such mistakes is a transcendent act. I know you're mad at your brother because he lied, but to err is human, you know. To forgive is divine.
See also: err, forgive, human

Forgive and forget.

Prov. You should not only forgive people for hurting you, you should also forget that they ever hurt you. When my sister lost my favorite book, I was angry at her for weeks, but my mother finally convinced me to forgive and forget. Jane: Are you going to invite Sam to your party? Sue: No way. Last year he laughed at my new skirt. Jane: Come on, Sue, forgive and forget.
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forgive someone for something

to pardon someone for something. Please forgive me for being late. He never forgave himself for harming her.
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forgive and forget

Both pardon and hold no resentment concerning a past event. For example, After Meg and Mary decided to forgive and forget their differences, they became good friends . This phrase dates from the 1300s and was a proverb by the mid-1500s. For a synonym, see let bygones be bygones.
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to err is human, to forgive divine

it is human nature to make mistakes yourself while finding it hard to forgive others. proverb
See also: divine, err, forgive

forˌgive and forˈget

decide to forget an argument, an insult, etc: Come on, it’s time to forgive and forget.Many of his victims find it impossible to forgive and forget.
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he, she, etc. could/might be forgiven for doing something

used to say that it is easy to understand why somebody does or thinks something, although they are wrong: Looking at the crowds out shopping, you could be forgiven for thinking that everyone has plenty of money to spend.

forgive and forget

Both pardon and dismiss someone’s mistake, rudeness, or other transgression. This expression has been an English proverb since at least the thirteenth century. William Langland in Piers Ploughman held it up as a form of Christian charity to be practiced by all: “So will Cryst of his curteisye, and men crye hym mercy, bothe forgive and forgeter.” It appears in John Heywood’s 1546 collection of proverbs and was used by Shakespeare in at least four of his plays, including King Lear (4.7): “Pray you now, forget and forgive; I am old and foolish.” It remains current to the present day.
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The text pays scant attention, for example, to the impact made upon historical studies by such disciplines as anthropology or feminism, and, less forgivably, to the techniques of source analysis.
The welfare state which resulted from this new moral imagination failed, she argues, not only to achieve equality but, less forgivably, to eliminate poverty.
FORGIVABLY, the Watford players headed straight out on the town to toast the promotion nobody saw coming.
Punters might forgivably be reluctant, however, to get on the Iraqis at 4-9 when they've only mustered seven shots in total from matches against South Africa and Spain.
Meanwhile, A.K.'s S&M sessions are played, perhaps more forgivably, strictly for laughs, and are even seen to rescue the failing marriage of one client (Elliot Levey).
Forgivably anthemic, it was big enough to fill this place and undoubtedly the Arena when they return next year on the next rung of success.
"[Nixon's] strategy depended on the rejection of concern for the Republican Party at large." His vehicle was not the party but the Committee for the Reelection of the President (CRP, forgivably bastardized as CREEP).
No doubt about it, as 19-year-old Carl Churchill explains from a Birmingham coffee shop why he's the pundits' choice, the warning signs are there -eyes slightly bagged, though as yet not glazed despite what must seem an unending stream of questions; shirt creased, but forgivably so; and a finger prone to tap tap tapping away on the number eight key of his mobile phone.
Nikita Zabolotskii is, forgivably, less brilliant than Nadezhda Mandel'shtam and, very evidently, less troubled than Ariadna Efron.
At odds with a seemingly racist, intemperate father (Tom Georgeson), estranged from his girlfriend (Kellie Bright) and devoted to a student (Heshima Thompson) who himself seems doomed, Joey would seem to defy the smile occasionally glimpsed across thesp Dingwall's forgivably anxious face.
Can you imagine reading: "In an unfortunate incident yesterday, the luckless Thierry Doumen, through no fault of his own, forfeited a winning chance on an odds-on favourite when, because of the wrong kind of rain on his stirrups, he completely forgivably fell off."?
For a woman who fought to preserve her privacy, this is an unflinching, if forgivably sentimental record of the ravages of her illness.
Mitchell, quite forgivably, doesn't end her production that way, even though Churchill's version meets Strindberg's forbidding requirements dead-on.
ANYONE who witnessed Leeds' complacent approach to their last European away trip could forgivably want to steer clear of odds of 11-8 about David O'Leary's men in Troyes tonight.
William Morris Nigel Lindsay Janey Morris Saffron Burrows Dante Gabriel Rossetti Alan Cox John Hennie Sean Gihler Nothing beats the sound of a theatergoer suddenly (and volubly) waking up to snap a forgivably dozy house to attention.