par·​don·​able ˈpärd-nə-bəl How to pronounce pardonable (audio)
: admitting of being pardoned : excusable
pardonable offenses
pardonableness noun
ˈpärd-nə-blē How to pronounce pardonable (audio)

Example Sentences

It was a pardonable mistake. the new parents' gushing pride was pardonable
Recent Examples on the Web What happened, then, was surely a result of a pardonable misunderstanding. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2020 In this case, to be fair, the length is a pardonable fault, for there is plenty here on which to feast. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2019 However, no one went hungry, and after a wholly pardonable delay all were accommodated. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2019 But now, without any provocation, and without the justification of reprisal or retaliation, a refusal to outlaw the use of the bomb save in reprisal is making a political purpose of its possession; this is hardly pardonable. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, 2 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pardonable was in the 15th century

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“Pardonable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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