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Rating doing crossword and being forgiving (9)

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I believe the answer is:

absolving

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Here is my best explanation:

'being forgiving' is the definition.

'rating doing crossword' is the wordplay.
'rating' becomes 'ab'.
'doing crossword' becomes 'solving'.
'ab'+'solving'='ABSOLVING'

'and' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Another definition for absolving that I've seen is "clearing".)

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