Definition of pardon me
1 —used as a polite way of starting to say something when one is interrupting someone, trying to get someone's attention, or disagreeing with someone Pardon me, but can I speak to you privately for a moment? Pardon me, (but) you dropped this envelope. Pardon me, but I believe you've made a mistake.
2 less commonly pardon —used as a polite apology for a minor fault or offense (such as laughing, coughing, or bumping into someone) Oh, pardon me. I didn't see you standing there. Pardon—I didn't mean to bump you.
3 less commonly pardon —used as a polite way of asking someone to repeat something spoken Pardon me? I didn't hear you. “Are you ready to go?” “Pardon?” “I asked if you were ready to go.”
Word by Word Definitions
: the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty
: a release from the legal penalties of an offense
: to absolve from the consequences of a fault or crime
: to allow (an offense) to pass without punishment : forgive
: to relieve of a penalty improperly assessed
: objective case ofi
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