Pardon meaning

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The definition of a pardon is an official document freeing someone from additional punishment for a crime committed.

An example of a pardon is President Ford releasing former President Nixon from penalty for his participation in the Watergate scandal.

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(roman catholic church) An indulgence.
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Pardon is defined as to excuse or forgive for a minor offense.

An example of to pardon is telling someone it's okay after they bump into you.

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Pardon is defined as a mild apology or asking someone to repeat what they just said.

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?"

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To release (a person) from further punishment for a crime.
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To allow (an offense or fault) to pass without punishment or disfavor.
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To make courteous allowance for; excuse.

Pardon me, I'm in a hurry.

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The act of pardoning.
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Allowance or forgiveness for an offense or a discourtesy.

Begged the host's pardon for leaving early.

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To cancel or not exact penalty for (an offense); forgive.
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A pardoning or being pardoned; forgiveness.
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An official document granting a pardon; specif., a document granting a Church indulgence, esp. as sold by medieval pardoners.
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Pardon me: a mild apology.
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Please repeat what you have said: a request for information or clarification, often with the rising intonation of a question.
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(law) An order that releases a convicted criminal without further punishment, prevents future punishment, or (in some jurisdictions) removes an offence from a person's criminal record, as if it had never been committed.
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(law) To grant an official pardon for a crime; unguilt.
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Often used when someone does not understand what another person says.

Pardon?, What did you say?, Can you say that again?

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To release (a person) from punishment or disfavor for wrongdoing or a fault.

A convicted criminal who was pardoned by the governor.

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I beg your pardon!
  • excuse me!
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pardon me
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of pardon

  • Middle English pardonen from Old French pardoner from Vulgar Latin perdōnāre to give wholeheartedly Latin per- intensive pref. per– Latin dōnāre to present, forgive (from dōnum gift dō- in Indo-European roots)

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

  • Middle English pardonen from Old French pardoner from Vulgar Latin *perdonare, from per- + donare, a loan-translation of a Germanic word represented by Frankish *firgeban (“to forgive, give up completely"), from fir- + geban. Akin to Old High German fargeban, firgeban (“to forgive"), Old English forÄ¡iefan (“to forgive"). More at forgive.

    From Wiktionary