the act of excusing a mistake or offense
a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
amnesty, pardon, free pardonverb
the formal act of liberating someone
accept an excuse for
"Please excuse my dirty hands"
grant a pardon to
"Ford pardoned Nixon"; "The Thanksgiving turkey was pardoned by the President"
Forgiveness for an offence.
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.
To grant an official pardon for a crime; unguilt.
Etymology: pardonen from pardoner from *, from per- + donare, a loan-translation of a word represented by *, from fir- + geban. Akin to fargeban, firgeban, forgiefan. More at forgive.
the act of pardoning; forgiveness, as of an offender, or of an offense; release from penalty; remission of punishment; absolution
an official warrant of remission of penalty
the state of being forgiven
a release, by a sovereign, or officer having jurisdiction, from the penalties of an offense, being distinguished from amenesty, which is a general obliteration and canceling of a particular line of past offenses
to absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; -- applied to the offender
to remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; -- applied to offenses
to refrain from exacting as a penalty
to give leave (of departure) to
A pardon is the forgiveness of a crime and the cancellation of the relevant penalty; it is usually granted by a head of state or by acts of a parliament or a religious authority. Clemency means the forgiveness of a crime or the cancellation of the penalty associated with it. It is a general concept that encompasses several related procedures: pardoning, commutation, remission and reprieves. Commutation or remission is the lessening of a penalty without forgiveness for the crime; the beneficiary is still considered guilty of the offense. A reprieve is the temporary postponement of punishment, often with a view to a pardon or other review of the sentence. Today, pardons are granted in many countries when individuals have demonstrated that they have fulfilled their debt to society, or are otherwise considered to be deserving. Pardons are sometimes offered to persons who are wrongfully convicted or claim they have been wrongfully convicted. Some believe accepting such a pardon implicitly constitutes an admission of guilt as a pardon does not set aside the conviction, so in some cases the offer is refused. Cases of wrongful conviction are nowadays more often dealt with by appeal than by pardon however, a pardon is sometimes offered when innocence is undisputed to avoid the costs of a retrial. Clemency plays a very important role when capital punishment is applied.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pär′don, v.t. to forgive, said either of an offender or of a crime: to pass by without punishment or blame: to set free from punishment: to let off without doing something.—n. forgiveness, either of an offender or of his offence: remission of a penalty or punishment: a warrant declaring a pardon: a papal indulgence.—adj. Par′donable, that may be pardoned: excusable.—n. Par′donableness.—adv. Par′donably.—n. Par′doner, one who pardons: formerly, one licensed to sell papal indulgences.—p.adj. Par′doning, disposed to pardon: forgiving: exercising the right or power to pardon: conferring authority to grant pardon.—Pardon me, excuse me—used in apology and to soften a contradiction. [Fr. pardonner—Low L. perdonāre—L. per, through, away, donāre, to give.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The gazetted amnesty or remission of penalty for deserters who return to their duty; the same as act of grace.
The act of to forgive.
The Presidential pardon was just for these gentlemen as they were reflecting the collective at that time.Submitted by MaryC on December 26, 2019
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Rank popularity for the word 'Pardon' in Written Corpus Frequency: #726
Rank popularity for the word 'Pardon' in Nouns Frequency: #2090
The numerical value of Pardon in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Pardon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
The language of Article II is quite explicit in giving the president a pardon power over federal offenses with the only exception related to impeachments. Donald Trump can certainly make a good-faith textual case for the right to self-pardon.
He used the pardon as a tool to entrench himself in power and to subvert the legal system.
With a pardon comes at least the veneer of an admission of guilty, in a way, I think pardoning himself and his family is almost like a taunt. It would have said ‘try to come and get me,’ and would have accelerated litigation and investigation.
Stephen Alford is alleged to have been involved in a scheme to obtain money based upon false promises or guarantees Stephen Alford made to the victim that Stephen Alford could deliver a Presidential Pardon for a family member of the victim.
A pardon is actually in effect an acknowledgment that wrongdoing or a chargeable crime has happened. So he wouldn't just be looking guilty, he'd be acknowledging that he committed an offense.
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- عذر, إبراء, غفر, صفح, عفا, إعفاء, عفوArabic
- indult, perdó, perdonar, indultarCatalan, Valencian
- vergeben, Vergebung, verzeihen, Verzeihung, Begnadigung, begnadigenGerman
- συχώρεση, συγγνώμη, αμνηστεία, χάρηGreek
- perdón, indultar, indulto, perdonarSpanish
- armahdus, armahtaa, anteeksiantoFinnish
- pardon, grâce, gracier, pardonnerFrench
- mathScottish Gaelic
- kegyelem, bocsánatHungarian
- 恩赦, 許す, 容赦, 勘弁, 赦免, 許しJapanese
- murunga, muruMāori
- tilgi, benådning, benåde, tilgivelseNorwegian
- indulto, perdoar, absolvição, perdão, absolver, indultarPortuguese
- помиловать, помилование, прощать, прощение, проститьRussian
- benådan, benådning, benåda, förlåtaSwedish
- tha thứVietnamese
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