noun par·don \ˈpär-dən\

: an act of officially saying that someone who was judged to be guilty of a crime will be allowed to go free and will not be punished

: forgiveness for something

Full Definition of PARDON

:  indulgence 1
:  the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty
a :  a release from the legal penalties of an offense
b :  an official warrant of remission of penalty
:  excuse or forgiveness for a fault, offense, or discourtesy <I beg your pardon>

Examples of PARDON

  1. The governor granted him a pardon.
  2. He asked my pardon for taking so much of my time.

Origin of PARDON

Middle English, from Anglo-French pardun, pardoun, from parduner
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PARDON



: to officially say that someone who is guilty of a crime will be allowed to go free and will not be punished

: to say that someone should not be blamed for thinking, doing, or saying something

: to officially say that a person, country, etc., does not have to pay (a debt)

par·donedpar·don·ing \ˈpärd-niŋ, ˈpär-dən-iŋ\

Full Definition of PARDON

transitive verb
a :  to absolve from the consequences of a fault or crime
b :  to allow (an offense) to pass without punishment :  forgive
c :  to relieve of a penalty improperly assessed
:  tolerate

Examples of PARDON

  1. <he eventually pardoned his sister for interfering in his marriage>
  2. <I'm willing to pardon a little sloppiness of dress in such a kind and loving person.>

Origin of PARDON

Middle English, from Anglo-French parduner, from Late Latin perdonare to grant freely, from Latin per- thoroughly + donare to give — more at parboil, donation
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Legal Terms

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Rhymes with PARDON


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