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Princeton's WordNet

  1. excuse, condoneverb

    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with

    "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"


  1. condoneverb

    To forgive, excuse or overlook (something).

  2. condoneverb

    To allow, accept or permit (something).

  3. condoneverb

    To forgive (marital infidelity or other marital offense).

  4. Etymology: * From condono, con- + donare.


  1. condone

    Within the legal profession, condonation (or a condonance) is a defence argument sometimes made when an accuser has previously forgiven or chosen to ignore an act about which they are now legally complaining. In some legal jurisdictions, and for certain behaviors, it may prevent the accuser from prevailing. It is most frequently presented during divorce proceedings, though it is also used in other legal contexts. Condonation is irrelevant to some acts. For example, some jurisdictions prohibit consensual combat (other than in specially-sanctioned sports, such as boxing). In such a jurisdiction, the people arrested for brawling cannot avoid prosecution by condoning one another's assaults.


  1. condone

    To condone means to accept or allow behavior that is considered morally wrong or offensive to continue. It can also mean to disregard or overlook something without making steps to correct or prevent it. Condoning typically implies a somewhat passive form of approval or at least a lack of condemnation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Condoneverb

    to pardon; to forgive

  2. Condoneverb

    to pardon; to overlook the offense of; esp., to forgive for a violation of the marriage law; -- said of either the husband or the wife

  3. Etymology: [L. condonare, -donatum, to give up, remit, forgive; con- + donare to give. See Donate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Condone

    kon-dōn′, v.t. to forgive: to pass over.—n. Condonā′tion, forgiveness: in the legal phraseology of Britain and the United States, forgiveness granted by the injured party, which may be urged by the guilty party as a defence against an action of divorce on the ground of adultery. [L. con, inten., donāre, to give. See Donation.]

Editors Contribution


    to disregard or overlook (something illegal, objectionable, or the like);to give tacit approval to;to pardon or forgive (an offense);to cause the condonation of; justify the pardoning of (an offense).Law. to forgive or act so as to imply forgiveness of (a violation of the marriage vow);To grant forgiveness to or for:excuse,remit.Idiom: forgive and forget.overlook,wink at.to ignore or accept behavior that some people consider wrong:disregard,turn a blind eye to,look the other way,make allowance for,let pass.to regard or treat (something bad or blameworthy) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless;blink (at), brush (aside or off), discount, gloss (over),gloze (over),overpass, paper over, pardon, pass over, remit, shrug off, whitewash;make allowances for; be lenient with;To forgive (marital infidelity or other marital offense).to approve of behaviour that most people think is wrong:To express or give approval,approve,recommend,consent.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 14, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of condone in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of condone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of condone in a Sentence

  1. Polly Neate:

    The club has a responsibility to look at who it is hiring in high-profile positions, and consider whether a convicted rapist, who continues to protest that he's done nothing wrong and whose case has attracted widespread victim-blaming language, is someone that they want to be representing their brand, it's important that high profile institutions take a stand about the seriousness of rape as a crime, and do not in any way condone the blaming of victims of rape, or participate in a culture which trivializes violence against women.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Now, with all of that being said, and I still don't condone it, that young man walked up and he made a gesture in his air -- in the air with one of his fingers, which was not good and was not nice and was very, very horrible to see also. But despite that, I don't condone it and we don't want that to happen.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I certainly don't condone violence and maybe you're right and maybe that's why I wouldn't do it.

  4. Jared Taylor:

    I consider it rude, I don't condone it, but it's obviously not a hate crime.

  5. Urs Rohner:

    We do not condone personal surveillance on employees as part of our compliance.

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