Pardon is defined as to excuse or forgive for a minor offense.(verb)
An example of to pardon is telling someone it's okay after they bump into you.
The definition of a pardon is an official document freeing someone from additional punishment for a crime committed.(noun)
An example of a pardon is President Ford releasing former President Nixon from penalty for his participation in the Watergate scandal.
Pardon is defined as a mild apology or asking someone to repeat what they just said.(interjection)
An example of pardon is saying you're sorry for bumping into someone, "Pardon me." An example of pardon is asking someone to repeat, "Pardon me?"
See pardon in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME pardonen < OFr pardoner < LL perdonare < L per-, through, quite (see per-) + donare, to give: see date
Origin: ME < OFr
See pardon in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb par·doned, par·don·ing, par·dons
Origin: Middle English pardonen
Origin: , from Old French pardoner
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *perdōnāre, to give wholeheartedly
Origin: : Latin per-, intensive pref.; see per-
Origin: + Latin dōnāre, to present, forgive (from dōnum, gift; see dō- in Indo-European roots).
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