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pardon

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noun par·don \ˈpär-dən\

Definition of pardon

  1. 1 :  indulgence 1

  2. 2 :  the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty offered a pardon to the draft evader

  3. 3a :  a release from the legal penalties of an offenseb :  an official warrant of remission of penalty a royal pardon later released him from a death sentence — American Guide Series: Maryland

  4. 4 :  excuse or forgiveness for a fault, offense, or discourtesy I beg your pardon She asked my pardon for taking up so much of my time.

Examples of pardon in a Sentence

  1. The governor granted him a pardon.

  2. He asked my pardon for taking so much of my time.

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Origin and Etymology of pardon

Middle English, from Anglo-French pardun, pardoun, from parduner


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pardon

verb par·don

Definition of pardon

pardoned

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pardoning

play \ˈpärd-niŋ, ˈpär-dən-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to absolve from the consequences of a fault or crimeb :  to allow (an offense) to pass without punishment :  forgivec :  to relieve of a penalty improperly assessed

  3. 2 :  tolerate

Examples of pardon in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

Synonym Discussion of pardon

excuse, condone, pardon, forgive mean to exact neither punishment nor redress. excuse may refer to specific acts especially in social or conventional situations or the person responsible for these. excuse an interruption excused them for interrupting Often the term implies extenuating circumstances. injustice excuses strong responses condone implies that one overlooks without censure behavior (such as dishonesty or violence) that involves a serious breach of a moral, ethical, or legal code, and the term may refer to the behavior or to the agent responsible for it. a society that condones alcohol but not narcotics pardon implies that one remits a penalty due for an admitted or established offense. pardon a criminal forgive implies that one gives up all claim to requital and to resentment or vengeful feelings. could not forgive their rudeness


PARDON Defined for English Language Learners

pardon

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noun

Definition of pardon for English Language Learners

  • : 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

pardon

verb

Definition of pardon for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


PARDON Defined for Kids

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pardon

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noun par·don \ˈpär-dən\

Definition of pardon for Students

  1. 1 :  forgiveness for wrong or rude behavior

  2. 2 :  the act of freeing from legal punishment


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pardon

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verb par·don

Definition of pardon for Students

pardoned

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pardoning

  1. 1 :  to free from penalty for a fault or crime The prisoner was eventually pardoned.

  2. 2 :  to allow (a wrong act) to pass without punishment :  forgive


Law Dictionary

pardon

noun par·don

Legal Definition of pardon

  1. 1 :  a release from the legal penalties of an offense

  2. 2 :  an official warrant of remission of penalty as an act of clemency — compare commute

  3. 3 :  excuse or forgiveness for a fault or offense

pardon

transitive verb


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