condonation

noun

con·​do·​na·​tion ˌkän-də-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce condonation (audio)
-dō-
: implied pardon of an offense by treating the offender as if it had not been committed

Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of condonation was in 1625

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Cite this Entry

“Condonation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condonation. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

condonation

noun
con·​do·​na·​tion ˌkän-də-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce condonation (audio)
: voluntary overlooking or pardon of an offense
specifically : express or implied and usually conditional forgiveness of a spouse's marital wrong (as adultery or cruelty)
Etymology

Medieval Latin condonatio remission, pardon, from Latin condonare to give away, absolve

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