Condone definition

kən-dōn
To forgive, pardon, or overlook (an offense)
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To condone is to overlook, forgive or pardon.

An example of condone is when you see someone stealing in a store and you just look the other way.

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To allow, accept or permit (something).
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(law) To forgive (marital infidelity or other marital offense).
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To forgive, excuse or overlook (something).
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To overlook, forgive, or disregard (an offense) without protest or censure.
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Origin of condone

  • Latin condōnāre com- intensive pref. com– dōnāre to give (from dōnum gift dō- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin condōno (“forgive”), con- (“together”) + dōnāre (“to give”).

    From Wiktionary