- 1. the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven: "she is quick to ask forgiveness when she has overstepped the line"
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Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. Just as important as defining what forgiveness is, though, is understanding what forgiveness is not.
for· give· ness | \ fər-ˈgiv-nəs , fȯr- \ Definition of forgiveness : the act of forgiving I ask for your forgiveness. Synonyms & Antonyms More Example Sentences Learn More About forgiveness Synonyms & Antonyms for forgiveness Synonyms absolution, amnesty, pardon, remission, remittal Antonyms penalty, punishment, retribution
The essence of forgiveness is being resilient when things don’t go the way you want—to be at peace with “no,” be at peace with what is, be at peace with the vulnerability inherent in human life. Then you have to move forward and live your life without prejudice. It’s the absence of prejudice that informs forgiveness.
Forgiveness, in a psychological sense, is the intentional and voluntary process by which one who may initially feel victimized, undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding a given offense, and overcomes    negative emotions such as resentment and vengeance (however justified it might be).